Fenway Park has seen a lot in its 105 years. It watched The Boston Red Sox break their infamous curse, actors and actresses use its iconic location in numerous films, and from time to time, it even hosts some incredible concerts.
Artists from Jay Z to Billy Joel have stepped on a stage built on top of center field to entertain thousands of fans packed into the oldest ballpark in America. Country artists Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean have even included Fenway Park in their tours.
Now, a country duo who was performing in bars and small shows less than a decade ago, just took on Boston’s biggest stage.
Florida Georgia Line announced in the beginning of March that they would include three ballparks on their Smooth Tour: Target Field, Wrigley Field and of course, Fenway Park. The country sensation also said they weren’t making these appearances alone, The Backstreet Boys, Nelly and Chris Lane were joining them as well.
Of course this Boston girl could NOT pass up a Fenway concert featuring FGL (especially with an appearance from The Backstreet Boys), so after seeing it for myself, here’s everything you need to know about the Smooth Tour, stadium edition:
The way Lansdowne and Yawkey Way were packed Friday you would have thought The Red Sox were in town for a home game. However instead of jerseys with player’s names neatly printed on the back or hands covered in gloves, fans strutted the streets in their cowboy boots and hats.
While the stadium began to fill, Chris Lane took the stage. He performed his latest singles “Fix” and “For Her” and also covered a medley of songs from other pop artists. Not only was this Chris’s first stadium show, it was also his first fall on stage! While walking down the stage, Chris took a hard fall but luckily was not hurt.
Check out the video of his fall on Chris Lane’s Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/iamchrislane/
Nelly came out next and brought us back to the 2000’s as he performed his hit songs “Hot in Herre”, “Ride Wit Me” and many others that got the crowd warmed up and ready for what was coming next.
You know the expression “the calm before the storm”? That’s exactly how Fenway Park felt before the Backstreet Boys took the stage. Anticipation was electric in the air, moving through everyone as the stage crew removed Nelly’s equipment and replaced it with the BSB’s.
The lights dimmed and the crowed erupted in screams and cheers as the 90’s boy band hit the stage. Every person from the very tops of the grandstands to those lucky individuals right there in the outfield rose to their feet as the BSB gave us a blast from the past.
Performing upbeat hits like “Larger Than Life” and “Get Down” accompanied with classic BSB dance choreography had everyone singing and dancing along, but it was BSB’s slower jams that really got the crowed amped. The band didn’t hold back when they sang “I Want It That Way” and “As Long As You Love Me”, and neither did the fans. The BSB took a second to let their fans sing their hit songs and weren’t disappointed when all of Fenway sang their lyrics back to them.
After being hit with a wave of nostalgia from both Nelly and the BSB, Fenway was ready for country’s hottest duo, FGL.
The two kicked off their first stadium stop with “Anything Goes” that both heated up the crowd figuratively and literally as fire shot up from the stage and empty Fenway seats in the outfield that had fans screaming with excitement.
FGL’s set list was stacked with many of their No.1 songs including “Dirt” and “H.O.L.Y”, and they even performed their latest single “Smooth”, a song inspired by whiskey said the duo, as they toasted to the song with Old Camp Whiskey in their hands.
The highlight of the evening, okay maybe the highlight of MY evening that had me screaming like the biggest fan-girl, was when FGL had BSB back out on stage for their No.1 song “God, Your Momma, and Me”. While this is just another No.1 song for FGL, it’s BSB’s first in country.
While this collaboration was incredible to see live, it was the encore that really blew everyone away. Chris, Nelly and the BSB all came back out to join FGL as they sang Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”, BSB’s “Everybody” and of course, FGL’s “Cruise” all together.
It’s very safe to say that FGL’s first stadium stop on their Smooth tour was a success. Not only because it was sold out, but because it sent thousands of 90’s/country fans home with raspy voices, epic Snapchat stories, and unforgettable memories.