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C2C REVIEW: Scotty McCreery – The O2, London

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Scotty McCreery
Credit: Anthony Mooney

Rewind a few years – Scotty McCreery embarks on his first headlining UK tour, selling out venues in no time. We were lucky enough to catch him in Manchester, where he put on an enthralling show in a venue that felt far below his stature. That night, it was obvious that Scotty McCreery was more than ready for that C2C main stage, and it was great to see him getting his shot this year after being denied by the pandemic.

His appeal in the UK can’t be underestimated. Clearly a lot of American Idol fans have continued to follow him over the years, and there’s always been a demand for him to appear on the C2C line-up. Scotty grabbed his opportunity with both hands, treating us to an 11-song set that, in truth, was too short for the bank of top-drawer material he’s built.

Scotty McCreery

Scotty kicked off his set with a string of tracks from his newly-released album Same Truck, starting with the arena-ready title track, followed by the up-tempo “Why You Gotta Be Like That,” the brilliantly-crafted “Damn Strait,” a clever play on words that illustrates the significance of George Strait’s music after a break-up, and “It Matters To Her.”

It didn’t take too long for Scotty to delve back into the greatest hits catalogue, with the utterly fantastic smash “In Between” and the old-school “Feelin’ It” cranking up the atmosphere at The O2. Following up with “See You Tonight” and “This Is It,” the set list suddenly became hit after hit, and we were reminded of just how much success Scotty has revelled in over recent years. “This Is It” must have been a special moment for Scotty, as he was joined in the UK by his wife Gabi, who we imagine must have been taking it all in backstage.

A special mention must be given to Scotty’s performance of “Five More Minutes,” lighting up the arena with thousands of phone lights. This one still hits just as hard as when we first heard it – one of those timeless country classics that never loses its shine. One of the greatest singles of the past decade, it’s Scotty’s favourite song of his, and it provided a truly special moment in the set.

Scotty McCreery

This was an extremely polished, engaging performance from Scotty McCreery, who is no doubt destined for a long, healthy relationship with the UK fans. You won’t get anything explosive from Scotty – just good tunes, a lovely guy and a thoroughly entertaining show. We can’t wait to welcome him back to our shores soon.

Set List:

  1. Same Truck
  2. Why You Gotta Be Like That?
  3. Damn Strait
  4. It Matters To Her
  5. In Between
  6. Feelin’ It
  7. See You Tonight
  8. This Is It
  9. Be My Baby Tonight(John Michael Montgomery cover)
  10. Five More Minutes
  11. You Time

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