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Concert Reviews:
Florida Georgia Line brings "Hell Raisin' Heat" to summer night at DTE

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2019

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- If you were looking for a quiet and peaceful Saturday night, Florida Georgia Line's concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre was definitely NOT the place to be on Aug. 10.

The chart-topping country duo, in the first of two shows (12 days apart) packed the amphitheater, inside and out in the tailgate-heavy parking lot, with a rowdy weekend contingent filled with party spirit and, in many cases, spirits, and certainly knew nearly every word to the 20 songs Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley sang during their 90 minutes on stage.

That is, as the song says, how FGL rolls.

The pair made it look easy, of course -- as it should after four studio albums, 14 platinum singles and five major headlining tours. Pyrotechnics, floor-to-ceiling video and a stage set with moving parts, including four-wheelers and an inflatable water tower, gave the show a different look throughout the night, but never at the expense of the music. Hubbard, whose 20-month-old daughter danced side-stage with his wife -- who he said was about to deliver a second child next week -- guided the night with an easy and earnest rapport, never letting too much time pass without reminding the sold-out crowd how grateful he and Kelley are for their good fortune.

FLG and its five-piece band repaid the dedication with plenty of favorites as well as by playing nice with the others on Saturday's bill. Michael Hardy joined the troupe during "Y'all Boys" and Canaan Smith returned to the stage to join the duo during "Get Your Shine On." Dan + Shay added harmonies to the swooning "H.O.L.Y.," and the group ended the main set with Morgan Wallen and his hit "Up Down," shotgunning beers that Hardy brought on stage mid-song.

FGL kept the rest of the set heavy with No. 1 hits, from its 2012 debut "Cruise" through to "Simple" from this year's "Can't Say I Ain't Country" album and "Meant to Be," its 2017 crossover smash with Bebe Rexha, who appeared via video screen. And for as undeniably high-energy as the show was, FGL -- which slipped in sly product placements for sponsors Old Camp whiskey and Shiner Bock beer throughout the night -- managed to throttle down more than a few times into mellower, melodic territory for songs such as "Confession," "Hell Raisin' Heat of the Summer," "Dirt" and "Talk You Out of It."

FLG sent everybody home with "This is How We Roll," and convinced maybe a few to roll by the box office to buy tickets for the group's Aug. 22 return to DTE. Some tickets, starting at $36, remain for that show. Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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