The rain may’ve come down Friday, but that didn’t stop Brantley Gilbert’s fans – 16,018 strong – from descending on Cleveland’s Blossom Music Center for a night of industrial strength country rocked hard and the BG Nation filling the lawn for over two hours of the songs torn from the South Georgia songwriter’s life. Up the road in Indianapolis, they were sold out in advance – 22,513 people – packed in at the Klipsch Center and on a Sunday night outside Pittsburgh, 18,153 loud’n’proud fans at the KeyBank Pavilion sang along to “The Ones Who Like Me,” “Bottoms Up” and “One Hell Of An Amen.”
“People who work hard rock hard,” Gilbert said with a smile after Indy, “and when they spend their hard earned money to come out, they wanna feel it. And for me and the guys, well, we wanna feel it, too. I think the folks in the heartland aren’t all that different from the people where I come from – and when you come together for the music, well, it’s gonna get crazy.”
The commonality that Gilbert sees between working people everywhere drives his recent Apple Music spot that has recently been expanded to two minutes – and will air again during ABC’s “CMA FEST” special on Wednesday, August 16 at 8:00P ET. But more importantly, for those fans out on the road, they’re coming together in the name of the music as The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour continues selling out amphitheaters – including Detroit’s DTE Energy Music Theatre (aka the legendary Pine Knob) two weeks before this Sunday’s concert – across America.