Gary Allan Holds The Sold Out Crowd At Hard Rock Rocksino Of Northfield, OH In The Palm Of His Hand
I’ve been attending concerts at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, OH for some time now. Be it Dolly Parton, Travis Tritt, Loretta Lynn or otherwise, I have never experienced such a lively crowd as I did at Gary Allan’s sold out show this past Friday night!
Just past 8PM, Gary Allan and his band hit the Hard Rock Live stage to a roaring reception. I’ve photographed a lot of shows at this venue, but I’ve never seen the entire room rise to their feet immediately at the top of the show! Allan arrived in his trademark trench coat, opening the show with a snippet of “Tough All Over,” the title track from his 2005 album. Gary shed himself of the trench coat and jumped into one of his most well known hits, “Nothing On But The Radio,” and the house went even crazier!
One thing that I noticed instantly: This show was packed with truly devoted Gary Allan fans. Many times, I will notice that the crowd will sing along with the radio songs, but kind of fade out when an artist brings out the deeper album cuts. This was not the case on this night! “Guys Like Me,” “Sand In My Soul,” and “Learning How To Bend” were met with just as much fan fare as any number of Gary’s radio hits.
There was a funny moment in which Gary noted that he had originally had been against recording “Her Man,” which was previously released by Waylon Jennings and would eventually become his debut single. He told the Cleveland area crowd that the line, “I’ve got a woman who’s better than most,” always bugged him. This line always seemed a bit funny to me, so it popped me when he actually pointed it out. Once he came to the line in the song, he humorously rolled his eyes and the crowd just ate it up!
Gary Allan rolled through his hits, “It Would Be You,” “Get Off On The Pain,” “Songs About Rain,’ “Watching Airplanes” and more, wrapping up his main set with “Right Where I Need To Be.” At the surprise of absolutely no one, the fans at the Hard Rock Rocksino blew the roof off of the venue for an encore. Gary most certainly obliged, coming back to the stage to perform “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain),” an incredible cover of Dwight Yoakam’s “Fast As You” and his favorite drinking song, “Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey” to wrap up the show.
While this was my first time experiencing a live Gary Allan show, I can promise you that it will not be my last! Do yourself a favorite and track down his tour schedule and find out when he is coming to your town!