There was a room across from the stage area where Aldean spent some time giving out autographs and taking photos with lucky Meet n’ greet fans.
The show began just a few minutes late with quite a few empty seats that gradually filled up, especially in the front few rows.
He jumped onto the stage and started out with his energy-filled song, “Use What I Got” and then transitioned into the song “No,” before taking a pause to greet the crowd filling up the Grand Exposition Hall.
Aldean sported a straw-colored cowboy hat, a black t-shirt, blue jeans with paint flecks and the ripped look, along with brown boots and a black guitar. He also wore quite a bit of jewelry, with bracelets, two necklaces, a wallet chain and earrings in both ears.
The set was pretty simple with big screens around the arena for fans to get a close up look of the star.
Aldean greeted the crowd and explained that he hadn’t been to Reno since he had toured with Trace Adkins years before. Next he sang one of his radio hits, “Amarillo Sky” followed by “Grown Woman,” which is usually a duet with country star Miranda Lambert.
Aldean paused to explain to the crowd that he was a huge country fan and loved the country music industry but he grew up playing rock n’ roll so they needed to play a little rock n’ roll. The audience was up and moving as Aldean and his band did a rendition of the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers song “I Won’t Back Down.”
The difference between Aldean’s concert and some other country concerts held in Reno recently, like Brooks & Dunn and Clint Black, was that he encouraged the audience to “get their asses out of their seats.” The security guards at some of the other shows made audience members sit down as courtesy to the people sitting behind them.
The 10th song of the evening, “Johnny Cash,” was by far one of the most energetic songs of the night, for both the band and for the audience. He followed it up with two of his biggest hits, “Laughed Until We Cried” and his first No. 1 hit single, “Why.”
He finished the concert with his latest radio hit, “Relentless,” and finally his first single, “Hicktown.”
Aldean and the band took time to shake hands with fans, hand out guitar picks and give the audience some love before disappearing back stage.
For his encore, Aldean came out by himself and crooned away the ballad “Asphalt Cowboy.” His four band members joined him back on stage to finish the show with “Jet Airliner” and “Sweet Child of Mine.” Unfortunately the thrill of the encore was diminished because the music seemed too loud for his final two songs and it was very difficult to understand the words.
Aldean’s band wandered around the Silver Legacy after the show was over, and even took pictures with some lucky fans.