It may have been too chilly for tank tops and cut off shorts, but that didn’t prevent the sold out crowd from showing off their southern spirit for Georgia’s Zac Brown Band. August 31st was the first of two nights at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage as part of ZBB’s Welcome Home Tour. As soon as the first note of the opening “Keep Me In Mind” was strung, the excited country crowd were on their feet and it was nothing but arm wavin’, foot tappin’, hip swingin’, beer drinkin’ good vibes for the following 150-minutes.
The eight-piece band treated us to a broad array of tunes that swept their current six-album discography. This of course included hits like “Knee Deep,” “Loving You Easy,” and “Chicken Fried,” but also some badass cover songs like Kings if Leon’s “Use Somebody” and The Allman Brother’s “Whipping Post.” Although there were a few songs from their latest album Welcome Home sprinkled through the set, what was surprising was the omission of their latest singles “My Old Man” and “Roots.” Granted every night of a Zac Brown tour is a little different, so perhaps those were saved for night two.
During the encore, guitarists Coy Bowles and Clay Cook, battled each other back and forth with a legendary rock guitar riff showcase which included Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Van Halen’s “Panama,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and of course to appease the local crowd, Rush’s “YYZ.” It became an all covers encore as the whole band joined in to round out the night with Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City.”
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Review and Photos by Adam Harrison | @AdamRHarrison