Florida Georgia Line at Almost Acoustic Christmas - Comerica Theatre - 12/5/13

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Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard showed why they deserved the skyrocket stardom that they experienced in the last year as they rocked the entire arena and had the crowd warped into frenzy. The two musicians vibe well off of each other's energy and equally worked both sides of the stage as they shared alternating verses, sung in unison, and switched off on guitar solos.

During their song "Round Here" the band slowed the music for a moment so they could each take a pull from a bottle of Fireball whiskey and then took the opportunity to genuinely thank the audience for changing their lives and they encouraged everyone to sing the chorus as loud as they could, to which the fans obliged.

A short time later the screens adjacent to the stage played a custom video montage to say thanks to Phoenix, which was followed by their title track "Here's to the Good Times."

At one point, FGL brought Cole Swindell back to the stage to sing a song together after announcing it would be their next single. That act was soon followed by another appearance from Colt Ford as he joined the band to have a few shots of Fireball as well and then the three singers tore into a showcase of hip-hop verses that began with "Wanna be a Baller" by Lil Troy and proceeded to cover everything from Kanye West to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

"Anything goes at a Florida Georgia Line show," said Hubbard during the hip-hop dance party, and I saw at least one bra fly on stage.

The party never slowed and the dancing never stopped as Florida Georgia Line delivered one hell of a performance that levitated from a collection of songs off their debut album, which all received a positive reaction, to their own renditions of straight-up hip-hop nightclub remixes.

CRITICS NOTEBOOK
Last Night: Almost Acoustic Christmas at Comerica Theatre featuring Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Cole Swindell and Laura Bell Bundy.
The Crowd: Lots of couples. Also, lots of packs of drinking-age fan-girls screaming and shouting.
Overheard in the Crowd: "I have no idea where my girl is," a man close to me said to his buddy. "She's probably back stage with the band," the buddy replied.
The man laughed at first, but then the thought sunk in and his face noticeably changed.
Personal Bias: Colt Ford deserves to be way more famous than he is.

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