By Amanda St. Amand Special at Post-Dispatch
With the exception of the October date on the calendar, almost everything about country superstar Jason Aldean’s tour stops Saturday night at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – dare we say it? – Ordinary.
Yes, fans who helped fill out (but not sell) the venue had to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. But otherwise, there was relatively little mention of the pandemic that has rocked the world since early 2020.
His aptly named âBack in the Saddleâ tour opened with Aldean hopping on stage for âCrazy Townâ, one of his first hits. The massive stage scaffolding featured an almost 3D set of sculpted horses and video screens – clearly no expense was spared for the look of the tour.
Aldean’s second song of the night may have put the “bro” into “bro country” as he entered “Take a Little Ride”. A sample: âHope you are wearing these frayed cuts. … Lower the tailgate.
Aldean has grown into a comfortable headliner over the years, roaming the entire stage and indulging in just enough banter for fans to know he’s been there before. On a perfect fall night with a cool breeze, Aldean said there was nowhere he would rather be because âusually when we come here it’s 150 degrees. “
Aldean avoided topics of COVID vaccines and mask warrants after last week denouncing California’s rules for vaccines for children and defending his wife’s social media criticism of the president. Good idea: the fans came for the music.