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Great day for music at Lambeau
June 15, 2011 - Marguerite Lanthier
Except maybe to the women standing in lines that stretched for miles, the first big concert at Lambeau Field was a success. All the acts performing that day put on great shows. Uncle Kracker and Billy Currington warmed up the crowd with a short but tight sets. The musical depth of the Zac Brown Band showed they deserve to be headliners and made themselves a hard act to follow. Good thing stage veteran Kenny Chesney, with his nearly stoppable energy, was up to the challenge. Chesney wowed the crowd with a variety of hits from all stages of his career. After introducing the song “The Boys of Fall,” with a story about how football was so important to his hometown, out walked Mike McCarthy with the Lombardi trophy. I half expected the rest of the team to parade out onto the stage. Glad they didn’t. It would have been overkill. All the earlier acts joined Chesney for encores, including such sing-a-longs as “Cowboy” by Kid Rock, “Blister in the Sun,” by Milwaukee band, Violent Femmes and Dave Allen Coe’s “You Never Called Me By My Name.” I was of course singing the Bad Axe Rodeo version. And the night would not have been complete without “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” with Currington providing an assist. The encore included an extended version of “Dixieland Delight,” by Alabama with bits of Steve Miller and Tom Petty thrown in.
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