HARDY made his return to the stage in Jonesboro, Arkansas last night, following the country-rocker's decision to briefly postpone his tour as a result of anxiety issues.
The ‘wait in the truck’ hitmaker delivered a trademark high-energy, electrifying set packed with fan-favourites such as ‘JACK’, ‘BOOTS’, ‘One Beer’ and ‘GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL’.
Although HARDY's performances are always packed to the brim with head-banging anthems, the hit singer-songwriter made a point in Arkansas of taking some time out to speak candidly with his fans about his recent mental health struggles.
He expressed his gratitude to fans for being so understanding when he postponed the tour, before delving into some of the mental health-related difficulties he's been dealing with.
HARDY's powerful words served as the springboard for a moving rendition of ’screen’, one of the many stand-outs from the Mississippi native's acclaimed 2023 album, the mockingbird & THE CROW.
As has now become tradition, Lainey Wilson emerged during HARDY's set for a rousing joint performance of their Platinum-certified murder ballad, ‘wait in the truck’.
Attendees were undoubtedly glad to see HARDY back doing what he does best in Arkansas, with the ‘TRUCK BED’ songsmith having been inspiringly open and vulnerable in recent weeks about the challenges he's faced since his 2022 tour-bus crash.
In a heartfelt message posted to his socials in early October, HARDY shared, “I need to be honest with everyone for a second. I've been dealing with some serious anxiety since the bus accident last year and over the last two weeks, it has taken control of my life”.
He went on the reveal, “It's caused me to suffer many panic attacks which have landed me in hospital. I need a moment to focus on me and to make myself better for my wife, family and you, the fans”.
There's no question that, as much as we love getting to see him out on the road, HARDY's recent experiences serve as a reminder that personal wellbeing must always be the priority.
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