The fellas of the Zac Brown Band rolled into Toronto last night for the first of two SOLD OUT shows at one of the city’s best summer venues, Budweiser Stage. It’s been like clock work over the last three or four summers that, come the end of August, ZBB would be gracing the stage — much like how the CNE marks the end of another great summer. And for those coming down to tonight’s show, don’t forget your ticket gets you into the CNE for FREE!
Now back to our review: The night kicked off with a strong performance from Darrell Scott as the members of ZBB sprinkled in during his set. It’s great to see the band bring out artists that we may not have had the pleasure of hearing before. It’s always a treat, and ZBB seems to know how to pick ’em!
Following a very short break, it was time to get things turned up a notch as the Welcome Home Tour kicked off and didn’t slow down. When the guitars started Keep Me in Mind, the crowd got out of their seats and really didn’t need them for the rest of the night, as Zac, John, and the boys strolled through a 20+ song set that took the capacity crowd down a trip that nobody wanted to end.
This was my second time taking in a ZBB show this summer. The first was out at Cavendish Beach Music Festival where the boys jammed out to 30,000+ fans and brought what was — in my opinion — the best show of the summer. How do you top that? Well, they sure made a run for it in Toronto, jammin’ through a set that was littered with hits and amazing cover tunes.
I’m not the type of reviewer to go through each and every song the band sang, but I can tell you each and every song was KILLER!
I sometimes wonder how a band like Zac Brown can have so many members and yet sound so tight and cohesive, delivering a set with so much enthusiasm and soul. Their music is the kind of music that makes you feel something. I know that’s a pretty generic statement, but when you go to a ZBB show and talk with the people around you (Zamily), everyone has a story about one or two songs that either helped them get through some tough times, or brings back some incredibly fun memories. As I watched the crowd tonight it was evident this band has touched so many — the smiles and the tears at Budweiser Stage were all real last night, and the performance was nothing short of AMAZING!
It’s shows like this that make me LOVE what I do, and I’m excited to bring my daughter to tonight’s show to experience this for herself, and make a few memories of our own.
Huge thanks to the folks at Warner Music Canada, Budweiser Stage, and of course Live Nation for the opportunity to review one of the best in the business, Zac Brown Band!
Corey Kelly / @CoreyKelly76