There was no mistaking Gary Allan as he walked onto the stage right on time at 9.45pm in his designer ripped jeans, boots, tee shirt and leather jacket. But it wouldn’t matter what he had worn or when he walked out on the stage, the crowd were there in numbers to hear the award-winning outlaw singer-song writer live in Australia for the first time since 2008.
I always wonder how artists that have been as successful as Gary Allan has been decide upon the songs for their set list. With so many hits to choose from including 26 Billboard singles and new music to showcase it must be a difficult job to decide what to play.
Gary Allan had a set list of 21 songs including the opening song “Tough Goodbye” from his Set You Free album (2013). Other songs in the set included “Feeling Like That”, “Right Where I Need to Be”, “Man to Man”, “Pieces”, “Smoke Rings”, “Get off the Pain” and “It Ain’t the Whiskey”.
Included in Gary Allan’s set were stripped back acoustic versions of “Songs About the Rain”, “Radio”, “California”, “Every Storm”, “Bones”, “Man of Me”, “Airplanes” and “Bullhorn”
The crowd was kept happy when Gary and the band returned to perform “Runaway”, “Best I Ever Had” and “Dark Whiskey” during the encore.
Not only does Gary Allan have a longer than usual set list but he performs with an eight piece band of highly talented musicians.
Gary Allan was well supported by the Mavericks and Blackjack Billy. Chugg Entertainment and Rob Potts certainly know the artists that will be well received in Australia and I personally hope that they continue to bring artists of this calibre out to Australia.
Gary Allan is worth seeing live and if you are quick you can still catch him in Australia again on the 1st October 2014 at the Palais Theatre St Kilda, VIC and they are also performing at the Deni Ute Muster being held on the 3rd/4th October 2014 in Denilquin