The Band Perry Bring Headlining Tour to Nashville
Nashville's Ryman Auditorium may be among the oldest venues for country music, but the theme there on Monday night (Feb. 20) was nothing but new. The Band Perry broke in the Mother Church of Country Music's recently replaced stage with a slew of their latest tunes during the sold-out Music City stop of their Purveyors of Performance tour.
The sibling trio kicked off the show, which lead singer Kimberly Perry called a "musical narrative," with two new songs, 'End of Times' and 'Sweet Baby Love,' before playing their first radio single, 'Hip to My Heart.'
Next up were a series of cuts from their their self-titled debut album, beginning with 'Miss You Being Gone,' followed by a mash-up of 'Walk Me Down the Middle' and 'Lasso. The catchy 'Independence,' which Reid Perry told the audience is "one of our most favorite [songs] to do live," was next. To give it a little twist, the threesome peppered in a little of Tom Petty's 'Free Fallin'' in between verses.
'Jimmy,' another unheard song, preceded the "hopelessly single" -- as Kimberly put it -- group's recent two-week No. 1 hit, 'All Your Life.' The curtains closed behind the band as they gave their rendition of Chris Tomlin's 'Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),' earning them their first standing ovation of the night.
The original, 'It Burns for You,' apparently caused a slight rift between the siblings, as Kimberly revealed that Neil had to arm-wrestle her to get in the show's set list. Although, all was definitely forgotten by the time they hit the stage.
A cover of 'Gentle on My Mind,' in honor of Glen Campbell, led into the trio's version of Queen's 'Fat Bottomed Girls' that featured Neil on vocals, and their longtime concert favorite (but unreleased song), 'Sugar, Sugar.' 'Back to Me Without You' was the last fresh ditty of the performance. The set list came to a close with the smash hit, 'If I Die Young,' the title of which Kimberly cited as being ironic, because "you brought our band to life," she told the crowd.
The music didn't stop there, though, as they returned for an encore that included a medley of the new track, 'Night Gone Wasted,' and the Beatles classic, 'With a Little Help From My Friends.' The evening came to a close with the East Tennessee residents' second No. 1 hit, 'You Lie.'
In addition to their headlining tour, the trio can be seen on the road with Brad Paisley. Their next stop on Brad's Virtual Reality tour is Thursday (Feb. 23) in Madison, Wis. Get a full list of concert dates here.