Morgan Wallen emerged onto the Wrigley Field stage on Thursday night (June 22) to a deafening chorus of around 40,000 impassioned cheers, as the Sneedville megastar resumed his One Night At A Time tour after a six week hiatus.
Thankfully, Morgan Wallen was cleared to talk and sing once again earlier this month, easing the concerns of any anxious ticket-holders planning to attend his series of dates in The Windy City.
Judging by the electricity that fizzled throughout the Hot 100 chart-topper's set and the added ferocity he injected into his signature drawl, it's safe to say Morgan Wallen is back with a bang.
Before their man took the stage, the Wrigley Field crowd were serenaded with an eclectic trio of sets from Wallen's good buddies, Bailey Zimmerman, Ernest and HARDY. All three delivered eye-catching performances, clearly thrilled to be able to once again unleash their formidable array of fan-favourites after such a prolonged stint away.
As has become tradition, Morgan Wallen was joined on-stage by Ernest for a crowd-pleasing rendition of ‘Flower Shops’.
With it being Wallen's first show back, it was bound to be a momentous occasion from the get-go - but the Tennessee crooner made his opening night at Wrigley Field all the more special by inviting his friend and collaborator, Lil Durk, on stage.
The Chicago rapper's introduction was celebrated wildly by the audience, with Wallen and Durk proceeding to deliver a blistering live debut of their genre-blending 2023 track, ‘Stand By Me’.
The two have undeniable chemistry whenever they collide, and it's safe to say nobody in the Wrigley Field crowd would have any complaints should Morgan Wallen and Lil Durk team up for the joint album they teased earlier in the month.
Ahead of this Chicago performance, Ernest spoke to Holler to underline his excitement at the prospect of rejoining Morgan Wallen's 2023 One Night At A Time tour, as well as hinting at the possibility of a third collaboration between the two songsmiths.
But the brightest spotlight was inevitably saved for Morgan Wallen, with the air inside the stadium thick with the weight of anticipation as the crowd waited expectantly for Wallen to explode onto the stage.
His performance contained all the blockbuster hits that Wallen has produced over the past five years, from the the fiery, Friday-night anthem, ‘Up Down’, to the jubilantly rowdy finale, ‘Whiskey Glasses’.
The audience were riding high for the entire spectacle, with tracks such as ‘Last Night’, ‘More Than My Hometown’, ‘Sand in My Boots’, ‘Thought You Should Know’, ‘Chasin’ You’ and ‘One Thing At A Time’ all drawing noticeable spikes in the already-stratospheric energy levels.
Now, Morgan Wallen is due to return for the second show in his long-awaited Chicago, Illinois double-header, before he takes his unrivalled arsenal of hit songs to Michigan, Missouri, California, Arizona, Ohio, Massachussetts, Pennsylvania and more over the summer.
Morgan Wallen - Set List
Taken from his headline set at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, June 22, 2023.
I Wrote The Book
One Thing At A Time
Everything I Love
Ain't That Some
Still Goin’ Down
Sand in My Boots
Cover Me Up (cover of Jason Isbell)
Thought You Should Know
Flower Shops (with Ernest)
Thinkin’ Bout Me
Wasted On You
More Than My Hometown
The Way I Talk
Stand By Me (with Lil Durk)
For more on Morgan Wallen, see below: