Thomas Rhett solidified himself as a burgeoning Entertainer of the Year-worthy performer during the final night of his Very Hot Summer Tour at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Saturday (Oct. 12). The rising superstar closed the six-month tour with a multi-dimensional show that featured guest performers, dazzling showmanship and left thousands of fans in awe.
The show fired off with a trio of back-to-back hits, the opening number “Look What God Gave Her” inspiring Rhett to immediately connect with fans, flying down the catwalk and gracing the hands of those lined along the stage. He truly showed what an elaborate production he’s capable of as sparks rained down on him and the band during “Crash and Burn,” setting the arena in motion as he had them jumping and down with him on the final chorus.
Only three songs in, he proclaimed to be at a “12” on a scale of 1 to 10, keeping the energy high with a rock-infused rendition of “Craving You” that ended with a burst of fireworks, before surprising the crowd with one of the night’s special guests, Little Big Town, who’s signature harmonies paired mellifluously with the horn section, filling the arena as they strutted down the catwalk with Rhett on their swanky collaboration, “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.”
Throughout the production, Rhett juggled multiple activities, like making one young fans’ night by obliging to take a photo with her and her family while singing “Sixteen,” to helping a couple with their gender reveal, announcing that they’re expecting a girl in the middle of “Unforgettable.” His multi-tasking was particularly impressive when he invited openers Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and his father Rhett Akins on stage to help him perform “Beer Can’t Fix,” managing to sing the track as they poured cans of Budweiser into each others’ mouths, over Dickerson’s head and into Lynch’s hat they attempted to drink from (unsuccessfully).
As much as he puts on a grand performance, the beloved star proved he can just as masterfully entertain an arena with an acoustic guitar. Bringing the energy down to earth, he turned the arena of thousands into a saloon setting, serenading the hushed audience that was intently listening to each lyric during his latest tribute to his daughters, “To the Guys That Date my Girls,” a moment made even more special when the camera panned to daughters Willa and Ada, with wife Lauren by their side. Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard was also met with a roar of approval as he emerged from the side of the stage in a surprise appearance to help sing the duo’s hit “Round Here” that was co-written by Rhett, the crowd delivering when they turned the microphone over to them for a choral sing-along.
One of the night’s most exuberant numbers was delivered in the form of “Vacation,” a performance that Rhett and crew treated more like a variety show. Rhett’s trumpet player doubled as his hype man, dancing alongside him while introducing his fellow band members who showed of their impressive skills along with Rhett, who hopped up on drums, culminating in a smoke machine finish. This led into one of the loudest sing-alongs of the night to “Marry Me,” upstaged only by “Die a Happy Man” that had couples slow dancing at their seats and every voice filling the arena as he asked the crowd to take on the chorus solo.
As Rhett bowed to all sides of the audience multiple times throughout the night, it was clear that the show was a particularly special one for the Hendersonville, Tenn. native, who declared Nashville as “the best crowd we’ve played for all year.” Before officially ending the show with the rollicking “T-Shirt,” Rhett left fans mesmerized as streamers shot out of the sides of the stage into the crowd during “Unforgettable,” with many leaving the venue with the colorful confetti draped around their necks – a reminder of the memorable night Rhett delivered as one of the best entertainers in country music.