Luke Combs Kicks Off Tour With Touching Live Debut in Wisconsin

Luke Combs kicked off his 2024 US Tour where he's playing giant football arenas with a pair of warm up shows at a baseball stadiums.

The country phenom who turned 34 last month got the party started with back-to-back gigs at Milwaukee's American Family Field, which is usually home to Bernie Brewer and Wisconsin's baseball team, the Brewers.

While it ain't the size of the football fields he'll be selling out throughout the summer. at 42,000 seats, it's nothing to sneeze at.

The bearded Combs gave the crowd more than two dozen tunes in the set where the vast majority of songs came from his 2017 debut This One’s for You and its follow up What You See Is What You Get.

Oddly his most recent albums, Growin' Up and Gettin' Old - both of which reached in the Top 5 in the US charts - only saw two of his originals make it into the setlist.

So why did he start his tour in Milwaukee? Is that really a country music stronghold?

There are plenty of dairy and corn farmers in Wisconsin, but it could have something to do with one of his sponsors.

This tour is being assisted by the likes of both T-Mobile and Miller Beer. Like many stereotypical male country singers, Luke has more than a few tunes where a cold adult beverage is mentioned, namely "Beer Never Broke My Heart" which went #1 and six times platinum.

Baseball fans might know American Family Field that until 2020, the ballfield was called Miller Park due to the sponsorship of the Wisconsin brewer who gives the world Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller High Life, and Hamms.

Before his tour kickoff, Miller gave Combs a tour of the brewery and showed him beer cans that were being manufactured with "Beer Never Broke My Heart" written on its side.

Combs live debuted the touching unreleased new song "The Man He Sees In Me," about becoming a dad to his newborn son. And of course of his three covers he played "Fast Car," the Tracy Chapman tune that took over the charts and made the singer the first Black songwriter to pen a #1 country hit alone.

But one song you'd think he would have played in the only baseball park on this tour is another unreleased ditty, "Take Me Out To the Ball Game," which might also put a tear in your beer.

Combs stayed in the news when he surprised Caitlin Clark, the most exciting basketball player women's college hoops has ever seen.

Clark's Iowa Hawkeyes lost to South Carolina earlier this month in an NCAA final that won't soon be forgotten. 18.7 million people watched the game between the two universities, which is more viewers than watched the World Series and the NBA Finals.

People tuned into primarily to watch Clark, the NCAA's record-holder for points. On Monday she was drafted with the #1 pick by the Indiana Fever and Luke surprised her with a video greeting.

"Hey, Luke Combs here, just wanted to say congratulations on being the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft. That's incredible," he said via video. "I know I can speak for everybody all across the United States and the world that we've enjoyed watching you the last couple of years, and we can't wait to continue to do so. Congratulations, you earned it. Can't wait to see you out there."

The greeting brought a smile to Clark, known for her tough demeanor.

“Luke Combs, that’s my favorite artist of all time, that’s pretty cool. He’s a big women’s basketball fan so I appreciate that. That’s amazing, I was not expecting that,” she said.

"I want to see him in concert so bad," she told Iowa Everywhere last year. "He's so good."

Well Caitlin, now that you're rich you can go to all his shows. Just go to his website for tickets.

Luke Combs 2024 US Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old Tour
04/19—Orchard Park, NY—Highmark Stadium
04/20—Orchard Park, NY—Highmark Stadium
04/27—University Park, PA—Beaver Stadium
05/03—Jacksonville, FL—EverBank Stadium
05/04—Jacksonville, FL—EverBank Stadium
05/10—San Antonio, TX—Alamodome
05/11—San Antonio, TX—Alamodome
05/17—Santa Clara, CA—Levi’s® Stadium
05/18—Santa Clara, CA—Levi’s® Stadium
05/31—Phoenix, AZ—State Farm Stadium
06/01—Phoenix, AZ—State Farm Stadium
06/07—Salt Lake City, UT—Rice-Eccles Stadium
06/08—Salt Lake City, UT—Rice-Eccles Stadium
06/14—Los Angeles, CA—SoFi Stadium
06/15—Los Angeles, CA—SoFi Stadium
07/19—East Rutherford, NJ—MetLife Stadium
07/20—East Rutherford, NJ—MetLife Stadium
07/26—the Washington D.C. area (Landover, MD)—Commanders Stadium
07/27—the Washington D.C. area (Landover, MD)—Commanders Stadium
08/02—Cincinnati, OH—Paycor Stadium
08/03—Cincinnati, OH—Paycor Stadium
08/09—Houston, TX—NRG Stadium
08/10—Houston, TX—NRG Stadium

"The Man He Sees in Me" live debuted in Milwaukee.

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