Country music heartthrob, Hunter Hayes, rocked Chicago for an action-packed show at the Sears Centre Arena last Friday. Screams filled the air in the venue as Hayes took to the stage in support of his “Tattoo Your Name Tour.” Opening for Hayes were two bands, Dan+Shay and The Railers.
As Hayes graced the stage, the audience raised up their hands wearing custom Hunter Hayes logoed light up wristbands from Glow Motion Technologies. The wristbands were made of silicone and were fully controllable by Hayes’ crew and lit up to different colors depending on the lighting and mood of the current song. I have been to hundreds of shows, but have never witnessed such amazing interactivity with the crowd. It really added such an artistic element and extra dimension to the concert.
Hayes was a true entertainer performing on his guitars, pianos and drums, using every inch of his stage which featured two catwalks on either side that led to the middle of the floor. During a song, his guitar string broke, but kept on playing until his guitar tech brought a new, fully stringed guitar to him. From the first song to the last, he embodied nothing but pure energy and was the quintessential performer.
In between songs Hayes would tell stories and shared his excitement to his fans. He also cracked jokes about his stature and encouraged the crowd to enjoy themselves stating “this is your show, we want you to have fun, welcome to the family.”
Throughout the show Hayes promoted the USO, thanked the military and even had donation bins at the exits to raise funds for this organization.
Highlight songs performed, include “Wanted”, “Somebody’s Heartbreak”, “Tattoo” and “I Want Crazy.” During the encore, Hayes brought out his openers, Dan + Shay and The Railers to sing “Soul Sister” from Train and ended this final song with an explosion of confetti that filled the venue.
Check out some photos from the show taken by Janelle Rominski.