Country mega star Tim McGraw brought his Shotgun Rider Tour to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Saint Louis Sunday night, and Mother Nature threw a curve ball by drenching the area with intense storms just as support act Billy Currington was set to hit the stage.
After a nearly two hour delay McGraw hit the stage just before 10 pm, but only after the decision had to be made to cut Currington’s set due to time constraints. McGraw himself had to shorten his set from his originally scheduled 22 songs down to 18.
Still, his set, which clocked in at just over an hour, was direct and to the point: that is, to get as many songs as he could in the shortened time frame he had available to him.
“Hello St. Louis. My name is Tim.” McGraw stated 4 songs into the set. Like, anyone needed a reminder. No sir, his fans are very loyal and the vast majority took the delay in stride viewing the rain as a chance to party some more.
McGraw tried his best to satisfy that party atmosphere by giving the fans a spirited set while keeping the conversation to a minimum. The few occasions he did address the crowd was to point out the local military family that received a home thanks to Operation Homefront, which donates a mortgage-free home to a local military family on every stop on his tour, and to point out his original drummer who was in the audience.
The rest of the time he was doing what he does best, performing.
With a tight accompaniment by his 8-piece band McGraw flew through hits like “Felt Good on My Lips”, “Last Dollar (Fly Away)” and “Shotgun Rider” easily. McGraw seemed loose onstage, cutting up with the band and trying to get as close to the front row as he could without actually diving in. He even brought a girl onstage who had a “I (heart) Billy Currington” sign. He hugged her, kissed her forehead and said “I’m sorry”.
The girl was surely happy soon thereafter as McGraw brought Currington onstage to help him sing “I Like It, I Love It”, to which the energy of the building was electric.
McGraw’s voice was in fine form throughout the night. For a shortened set McGraw certainly made the most of it and left the crowd feeling satisfied.
Tim McGraw Setlist:
Something Like That
Down on the Farm
Real Good Man
One of Those Nights
Just to See You Smile
Diamond Rings and Old Bar Stools
Last Dollar (Fly Away)
Where the Green Grass Grows
For a Little While
Felt Good on My Lips
I Like It, I Love It
The Cowboy in Me
Live Like You Were Dying