Don’t Threaten Us with a Good Time
Montreal’s country scene was blessed with an all-out party
The Montreal country fans were treated to a show of a lifetime courtesy of Thomas Rhett on Wednesday April 24. The Nashville singer absolutely crushed his first, and hopefully not last, show in town and because of that we can all die happy.
The night started with an energetic set from opener Dustin Lynch. Lynch is one of the few opening acts I’ve seen come in with such a theatrical entrance and maintain the same pace for the entirety of their stage time. With a bass blasting so loud you couldn’t tell the difference between that and your own heartbeat, he made full use of the ramp that stretched the length of the floor to set the perfect tone for the night.
If the crowd’s love for him was ever in doubt, it was confirmed when he started a rendition of the Habs beloved Olé Olé chant. The highlight of his set was definitely the clever way he walked us through his past by performing snippets of country songs that held memorable spots in his mind.
Then came time for the main event. Thomas Rhett jumped up from under the stage to opening bars of his new single “Look What God Gave Her”. From that second on, God gave the crowd a party. Rhett managed to turn the 21 000 seat arena into an intimate backyard party through personal stories about his wife and kids and a couple line-dance sessions with the band. An electric energy that came and never left radiated off of Rhett who genuinely seemed to be having the time of his life, and that translated to every fan who spent the night dancing despite the dried, sticky soda that seemed determined to stick their feet to the floor.
The “Life Changes” show was a perfect blend of Thomas Rhett’s old classics along the lines of “Make Me Wanna” and “It Goes Like That” combined with unreleased gems like “Beer Can’t Fix” (during which he finished a fan’s beer). It was a masterclass in bouncing back and forth between up-tempo bops from “Crash and Burn” to “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” all the way down to lo-fi slow jams in “Marry Me” and his version of the Florida Georgia Line song that he wrote called “‘Round Here” all the way back to a yee-hawing good time with “Vacation”.
Rhett isn’t the biggest of the country boys in terms of stature, but that didn’t stop him from filling up every inch of the stage, including the extension that spanned the length of the floor. Between him, one of the most fun-to-watch accompanying bands I’ve ever seen, and a country-loving crowd there wasn’t a square inch of Bell Centre that wasn’t filled to the brim with more than just good-time kind of energy.