Dierks Bentley Brings His ‘Beach’ To Detroit

“I’m not here to put on a show. I’m here to have a damn good time,” Dierks Bentley told the sold-out crowd at the DTE Energy Music Theatre just outside of Detroit Sunday night (May 22). Lucky for fans, Bentley does both on his Somewhere on a Beach Tour.

Opening up the outdoor venue’s summer season, Bentley took the stage with the banjo-laden “Up On A Ridge,” and followed with hit after hit including “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go),” “Tip It On Back,” and the always fun “5-1-5-0.” Fans loved every second of the Arizona native’s set, and he seemed to be enjoying himself just as much.

Several songs into his 90-minute set, Bentley paused to acknowledge the fans and share the exciting news he had just received: the show was not only sold-out, it was the “biggest show” he’s ever headlined in his 13+ year career. The noticeably proud singer captured the moment on his personal cell phone and then continued to crank out the hits.

In addition to energetic performances of “Am I The Only One” and “Feel That Fire,” Bentley also gave fans a sneak peek of his much-anticipated new album, Black, with performances of four tracks, including the sexy title cut and “Freedom,” which is definitely a contender for a summer single.

Photo by Lauren Black

Photo by Lauren Black

Bentley was brave enough to venture out into the rowdy crowd for a quick set on the B stage, where he invited supporting acts Cam and Randy Houser to join him for a cover of The Eagles’ “Take It Easy.”

Upon returning to the main stage for a few more songs, including his signature “What Was I Thinkin’” and the rambunctious “Sideways,” Bentley closed out his set with an unforgettable performance of “Drunk On A Plane,” complete with the front end of a nearly life-sized airplane.

The country star transformed into his alter-ego from the infamous music video and invited Cam, Houser, and opening act Tucker Beathard to join in on the fun. Before the final notes of the chart-topping hit, Sounds Like Nashville, other reporters, and special guests also joined Bentley on stage for the exciting closing number.

The Somewhere On A Beach Tour is undoubtedly Bentley’s best yet. The production is top notch, and it’s clear that Bentley is truly coming into his own as a fantastic and confident entertainer. He not only proved that he’s now one of the genre’s top live acts, he also delivered an Entertainer of the Year-worthy show.