Luke Bryan Becomes First Major Country Artist to Resume Touring

More than a year after COVID-19 hit, concerts are back.

Written by Chris Parton
Luke Bryan Becomes First Major Country Artist to Resume Touring
Luke Bryan; Photo credit: Ethan Helms

More than a year after COVID-19 reached pandemic levels in the U.S., Luke Bryan has just become the first major country artist to resume concert touring in a large-scale way.

His 2021 Proud to Be Right Here Tour of massive venues kicked off last week (July 8), and now the superstar is celebrating the milestone moment.

Bryan shared a series of photos and video from the triumphant shows, and it captures a sense of relief that fans and stars alike are feeling as full-capacity concerts return.

“I’m glad to be back, it’s been a journey,” Bryan says in the clip, speaking to his band and crew in a backstage dressing room. “Let’s go play music.”

The tour’s opening weekend included stops in Syracuse, New York; Hershey Park, Pennsylvania; and Boston Massachusetts — and each was like a massive welcome back party.

Bryan’s video featured the hit maker on stage and revving up crowds for the first time in over a year, showing that he hasn’t lost his touch. With fans screaming and the beer spraying, Bryan and his band are seen back in their element, with the anthem sound of “Country Does” playing in the background.

Other photos from the weekend showed more, including the massive, full-capacity setup of his show in Hersey Park, and a euphoric singalong of “Sweet Caroline” in Boston.

But as glad as Luke Bryan seems to be back on the road, he had better save his strength — there’s a long way to go. Along with special guests Dylan Scott, Caylee Hammack, Runaway June and DJ Rock, Bryan’s Proud to Be Right Here Tour is set to run through October 16 in San Bernardino, California, with more than 35 shows. His current radio single is “Waves.”