Underwood kicked off the show with her infectious new single “Southbound.” A spectacular opening, the audience was treated to a DJ spinning the track and plenty of fireworks as Underwood rose from beneath the stage. The headliner’s unyielding energy was contagious as she belted the song and had the arena on its feet. An engaging start to her two-hour set, the song was followed by a one-two punch of “Cowboy Casanova” and “Good Girl” before Underwood segued into fan favorite “Last Name,” which further highlighted her powerhouse vocals.
Old school medley
While Underwood’s performance was heavy with songs from her latest album, 2018’s Cry Pretty, the singer never forgot where she came from and the early songs that fans first fell in love with. “Fourteen years ago I got on a rocket ship I guess you could say, called American Idol,” she said. “It’s hard to believe, still, that I’m standing on this stage. Every day there’s some moment that happens that I could pinch myself and say, ‘How do I get to do this?’ The thing that I wanted to do when I was three-years-old, I’m doing right now…I’m going to take a walk down memory lane and do some songs that we haven’t done in a long time.”
Her four-song medley included the soaring ballad “Temporary Home,” the poignant “See You Again,” which she asked the crowd to hold up their cell phones and “shine a light for those people that we miss and we can’t wait to see again,” and her most requested song, “I Know You Won’t” from 2007’s Carnival Ride. The nostalgic moment closed with the heart-wrenching “Just A Dream” before she segued into a memorable cover of Aerosmith’s anthemic “Dream On” where her jaw-dropping vocal range would've made Steven Tyler proud.