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Blake Shelton ends his Ten Times Crazier tour in San Bernardino with a typical country party!

By Mandy Slegers

It couldn’t have a more perfect night to end the Ten Times Crazier Tour…a warm October evening, cowboy hats, boots and beer all of which set the mood perfectly for Blake Shelton in San Bernardino. Even though it was a Sunday night, people were there to party and so were the entertainers being that San Manuel Amphitheater was the last stop on Shelton’s tour. After following their show the night before at the Hollywood Bowl, The Band Perry, Dan + Shay and Neil McCoy all did more than their parts to keep energy levels up and keep the crowd entertained.

Neil McCoy was the emcee between sets (kudos to Blake for thinking of those extra touches to keep the crowd entertained!) He had no lack of appeal, setting the tone for one final night of the tour. McCoy also bringing out some of his own hits, included the classic “Wink,” and “ThereAin’t No Doubt about It”, Blake and Miranda’s first dance song which he dedicated to the couple. McCoy and his band got everyone’s attention running through covers to keep the amphitheater’s energy up while delivering a set that was all his own.

Along with their own hits, 19 You and Me (which was dedicated to all the California beautiful ladies, and was a BIG hit with all the California country girls!) and Just Want To Show You Off, Dan + Shay performed Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar On Me and a mix of Alabama cover songs that got the crowd going for the evening.

The Band Perry performed hit after hit from “Done” to “Wasted, “Chainsaw” and “Better Dig Two” for almost an hour of nonstop entertainment. The family act The Band Perry — which consists of sister Kimberly and her brothers Reid and Neil —stated that country music brings all walks of people together; we are one big country music family which was definitely the feel of the evening. I enjoyed The Band Perry and getting a glimpse into their personalities through their set, Reid commented that his long hair is not country music but he’s not going to cut it!

Shelton opened his set with his song, “All About Tonight” that proved more than an appropriate choice since “tomorrow” was Monday and no one seemed to care that there was work the next day! “Look at all these country music freaks,” Shelton said. “I wasn’t expecting that. I mean, it’s Sunday night.” I loved that Blake stated he was so happy we were the crowd he got to sing to on the last night of the tour. He added that since it was the last night of the tour he planned to sing, but also talk a bit more than usual. And it didn’t seem to matter to his fans, I think Blake could get away with anything and his fans would still love him.

Shelton, whose versatility has made him into a mega star in both the music and television industries, showed off his country roots throughout the evening. He even put on a mullet to go back to where it all began. He then performed his debut hit “Austin” from way back in 2001 to more of his recent fan favorites like “The More I Drink,” “Hillbilly Bone”, “Boys Round Here” and “Neon Light”.

His “Over You” tribute (co-written with his wife, Miranda Lambert) to his brother Richie who died in 1990 at the age of 14 quieted the party crowd for a bit, but the night ended on a high note with many of his fans leaving satisfied with how the four hour long night of a great country party once again came to an end.

And if you didn’t get enough of The Band Perry or Blake Shelton at San Manuel Sunday night, they are

both expected to return to Southern California for the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on April 24-26 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio along with headliners Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert, Shelton’s wife, among many other acts. Tickets for Stagecoach go on sale on Oct. 14, don’t miss out on another chance for a great country family reunion!

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