On the Road with Dustin Lynch! Inside the Country Star's Final Night on the Kill the Lights Tour
It's Slime Time!
"I was challenged to the #22pushups challenge to raise awareness for PTSD by the young gentleman that dumped the slime on me, Rob Stone — he's a deejay from WYCD in Detroit — and I lost the bet," says Lynch. "He was able to do 22 pushups, 22 days in a row, and I literally forgot about the contest."
All Good Things Come to an End
"My guitar player Chris LaCorte, my bass player Colin Healy and I were walking to the stage to get our game plan together," Lynch says about gearing up for the final show of the Luke Bryan tour. "We did a pre-show toast because we had a lot of friends in town. Chris was holding champagne — it was gonna be a good time."
Up Close and Personal
"This was a backstage VIP experience we nearly sold out with about 100 people," Lynch says about the intimate jam session. "I'm up there by myself with my guitar, and everyone who comes usually just shouts out what song they want to hear and I'll try to get to all of them."
A Moment in Time
"My fans are allowed to have their phones out and Snapchat, post ... it's just me, my guitar and everyone in there," Lynch says about the setting. "I get to really feel and get to know my fans a lot better versus being 100 yards from them on a football field. We also get to hang a little bit before I play some songs."
Stripping It Down
"It looks like I'm playing 'Cowboys and Angels' right here," Lynch says about performing his platinum track. "It's always fun to do that song because it's just me and my guitar—which is how I wrote it—and just strip it down, take it back to where it was created."
Just Like Lynch
"As part of the VIP experience, people sign up to come in, they get some merch, I meet everybody and get to play some chosen songs," Lynch explains. The hat he signed for a fan here "looks like a replica of the one I wear."
She's Sweet, I'm Wild
"My little girl down in front! She had a pink cowgirl hat with a marker," Lynch says about the young fan that stood out to him in a crowd of over 40,000. "I was pointing to her to let her know I saw her and that I would be back to sign that hat. I try to sign as much as I can before they kick me off stage."
One Hell of a Night
"Ford Field is one of the venues that's bucket list for me because I've grew up watching so many football games there from my house in Tennessee during the holidays," Lynch says about the memorable night. "To get to play my music there is very special."
The Crowd Was Seein' Red
"This is a great perspective of how big the Kill the Lights Tour was," says Lynch of the thousands of people "who decided to come hang with us for the night. I get to be right in the center of it!"
Fan Favorite Fistbump
"We love playing live shows and that picture pretty much sums up the connection we have with our fans, especially the ones up front every night," Lynch says about fistbumping a fan. "They bring the energy we feed off of when we get on stage."
All for the Fans
"Here are Chris and I playing 'Seein' Red,'" says Lynch about jamming on the catwalk. "I'll tell you, the crowd during this night was particularly one of the loudest and craziest crowds we've ever played in front of."
Beer Before Liquor
"Luke would bring me back out at the end of every night with a cooler of cold beer, and we would toss them to the crowd," Lynch says about taking the stage with Luke Bryan, while covering Play Something Country" by Brooks and Dunn. "Luke is such a big goofball and loves doing what he does every night. There's no telling what's gonna happen. We're always shooting from the hip - he's always trying to pull one on me."
But That Moment When Lynch Pulls One on Him...
"Luke got into biking and he recently fell in a ditch and broke his left collarbone. As you can see, Little Big Town and I all had slings on our left arm," Lynch says about pranking Bryan on the last night of the tour. "We got all dressed up and during one of Luke's songs, we rode out on stage. We rode a couple laps, did the catwalk and then came back around and parked beside him while he finished the song. He was laughing trying to hold it together!"
Staying True to His Promises
"Here I am at the end of the show going back to sign her hat," Lynch says about keeping his promise to that little girl. "The lights have come up and I'm making my rounds throwing out guitar picks and signing stuff. A lot of people at the shows have never been to a concert in their life, so I try to figure out who that is and make their first time a very memorable one."
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