July 24--PITTSBURGH -- People attending the Jason Aldean concert Saturday at PNC Park will root for what they usually do at the Pirates' ballpark.
A lot of hits.
That shouldn't be a problem for Aldean, whose new single, "Burnin' It Down" looks poised to become his 19th Top-10 release, joining the ranks of country radio staples like "Dirt Road Anthem," "Fly Over States," "She's Country," "My Kind of Party," and "When She Says Baby."
"Jason's show sold out, and pretty quickly," said Stoney Richards, deejay at Pittsburgh country station Y108. "I think that says it all. And it didn't even need fireworks."
Post-game fireworks concerts are common at PNC Park, but only four major headlining concerts have taken place there -- Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band and Jimmy Buffett -- which shows the stature Aldean has reached.
Aldean is bringing to the ballpark an all-star lineup including Miranda Lambert, the Country Music Association's reigning "Female Vocalist of the Year," who hasn't played Pittsburgh since her 2009 "Revolution" won the Academy of Country Music's "Album of the Year" award.
In the lead-off spot Saturday is Tyler Farr, 30, who's sure to earn cheers for his hit "Redneck Crazy," while batting second is Florida Georgia Line, famed for 2012's epic-selling "Cruise" and current hit "Dirt."
"Florida Georgia Line could run away with this show except it's been so well planned," Richards said. "Tyler Farr is excellent to get this crowd started; Florida Georgia Line may be like a McCutcheon home-run off the Riverwalk and into the Allegheny. Miranda, as the sun is setting, will rock us, sock us and put us on the edge of our seats and, of course, Jason will take it all home or as his new single suggests, he'll "Burn It Down."
Florida Georgia Line'sTyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley co-wrote "Burn It Down" with Aldean, which clears the bases for them to join Aldean when he sings it Saturday.
But will Aldean rely on a hologram of Kelly Clarkson again, like he did last year at First Niagara Pavilion for "Don't You Wanna Stay"?
Maybe he will return the favor from last month's Luke Bryan show at Heinz Field, when Bryan featured video clips of Aldean and Eric Church during a cover of Aldean's "The Only Way I Know."
Perhaps Lambert will bring in Carrie Underwood, video-style, for their current top-10 collaboration "Something Bad."
Possibilities are boundless.
Having dreamed as a youth of playing in baseball stadiums, though as a first baseman, not a country singer, Aldean revealed a simple objective for his stadium tour when announced way back on Jan. 9.
"We're going to crank this thing up to 11, and put on the biggest and best show we can," Aldean said. "My goal is that when the last song is over, and you're walking back to the parking lot, you're already on your phone searching to find the next show."
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