Luke Combs’ Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour made a stop at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, November 22nd, and man, we’re glad we didn’t miss this one! His unstoppable success had set the bar high for a killer performance and Combs exceeded expectations. The night started with an opening set by Jameson Rodgers who warmed up an already enthusiastic crowd. While Rodgers may have been new to some, he had no trouble engaging his audience who clapped along to his debut single, ‘Some Girls.’ It was clear that folks were ready to drink away a long work week and let loose.
Following Rodgers was the man with arguably the best mullet in country music, Morgan Wallen. “We’re going to have a damn good time, so you might as well, too!” he shouted, preaching to the choir. The Tennessee native had the crowd on their feet, rocking out to hits like, ‘The Way I Talk,’ ‘Heartless,’ and ‘Up Down.’ Wallen, who has played the Wolf Den at the casino before, expressed gratitude towards Combs for bringing him along on this tour, stating that it was his first time in the direct support spot. Naturally, Wallen rounded out his set with his summertime smash hit, ‘Whiskey Glasses.’
Things got turned up when it was time for headliner Luke Combs to take the stage. Combs hit the ground running, firing out hits like ‘Honky Tonk Highway,’ ‘When It Rains It Pours,’ and ‘1, 2, Many.’ Luke switched gears for his next run of songsby tugging at our heartstrings with tracks like ‘Refrigerator Door’ and ‘Dear Today.’ During the latter, a gentleman in the crowd took the lyrics “Quit wastin’ our sweet time and put that diamond on her hand,” literally as we witnessed a couple get engaged. Luke caught a glimpse of the proposal as well which brought a huge smile to his face.
Band intros are something we’ve been seeing less of lately, but we totally respect that Combs took the time to let his band members shine with instrumentals of some cover songs. Continuing on with another string of hits, Luke had fans rocking out to ‘She’s Got the Best of Me,’ ‘What You See is What You Get,’ and his current No. 1, ‘Even Though I’m Leaving.’ As a writer on all of his songs, Combs shared little tidbits about them throughout the night. “I wrote this song about my fiance. We weren’t even dating each other yet,” he said, introducing the 2019 CMA Song of the Year, ‘Beautiful Crazy.’
To round out the show Combs reminded everyone why they came… to party. Fans raised a drink to ‘Beer Can,’ got a little wild and reckless during ‘Don’t Tempt Me,’ and belted out the lyrics to ‘Beer Never Broke My Heart’ louder than you do when you’re alone in your car. The 29 year old hitmaker ended a whirlwind of a show with his chart-topping debut single, ‘Hurricane.’
For a few hours, fans let the rest of the world fade away as they sang along, danced and partied with Luke Combs. We’d argue that there is no better way to kickoff the weekend. For a guy who didn’t pick up a guitar until he was 21, Combs can certainly hold his own amongst Nashville’s greatest. His recent accolades like the 2019 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year award and a No. 1 All-Genre Billboard 200 album could seem to signify the peak of an artist’s career, but we think Combs is set to climb so much higher. We’ll be counting down the days until Luke comes back to New England. If you have the chance to see this guy in concert, we’d highly recommend!