Carrie Underwood triumphantly returned to the stage for the Cry Pretty Tour 360 less than four months after the birth of her second child. Her most massive tour production yet, the intimate in-the-round stage boasted numerous rotating risers and lifts that carried the singer and her band through the air during her two-hour set at Birmingham, Ala.’s Legacy Arena at the BJCC on Friday evening (May 3).
“It feels good to be back on the road again,” the country singer said to screams midway through her second tour stop. Underwood’s powerful vocals and commanding stage presence was showcased throughout her vibrant set, which included fireworks, smoke, lasers and 3D LED screens that made every spot in the arena the best seat in the house.
Here are five unforgettable moments of Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360.
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.