Blake Shelton kicks off "Well Lit & Amplified Tour" in Toledo
Country superstar and 2011 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Blake Shelton, kicked off his Well Lit & Amplified Tour at The Huntington Center in Toledo. I won four last minute tickets from an awesome music blog, JustJared, and the management of opening act, Dia Frampton, who you might remember from Blake's team on NBC's The Voice. The seats - row 13th row immediately next to the extended catwalk - were incredible.
Starting off his 21-song set with his high-energy rendition of "Footloose" (from the 2011 film remake), he spent the evening showcasing the strength of his vocals, his humor, and his loyalty to some high profile friends.
Highlights included a, seemingly, off-the-cuff song about Toledo, which he rhymed with a number of things like "neato," "speedo," and "torpedo."
He also performed duets with opener, Justin Moore, as well as Dia Frampton.
However, the definite peak of the night came from (I swear on her name it was) a surprise appearance by Kelly Clarkson, who joined Blake to sing "Don't You Wanna Stay," the Grammy-nominated duet typically sung by Kelly and Jason Aldean.
We all know by now how I feel about good old KC, so I was clearly caught off guard. Sure, she's joined Blake on stage before, but I never expected her to travel to Toledo, Ohio. (Connection: Kelly and Blake share a manager, Narvel Blackstock, who also happens to be married to Reba, only one of the greatest artists - and gingers - on the planet) Especially when she was scheduled to begin her own new tour the following night in Connecticut. Thank you, Reba, for your private jet! I owe you one...girl.
Check out all my photos from the evening here, as well as the setlist below.