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Luke Bryan Flips the Switch on Kill the Lights World Tour

Luke Bryan stepped into the lights Friday (Feb. 19) in Peoria, Illinois to give the audience a great show and set the stage for his new “Kill the Lights World Tour.” 

The night kicked off with repeat tour opener Dustin Lynch, who while admitting he was ‘sick as a dog’, still brought some impressive vocal power to songs such as “Mind Reader,” “Where It’s At” and “Hell of a Night.”

Next up on the bill was Grammy winners Little Big Town, making an impression right off the bat with an acapella version of “Jolene” from the tip of the catwalk. From there, the foursome mixed a good amount of songs from their latest album “Painkiller,” along with more recognizable hits such as “Day Drinking,” “Boondocks” and the crowd-favorite “Girl Crush.”

As anticipation reached a fever pitch, Luke finally emerged from the top of a giant staircase and tore into a threesome of favorites such as “Rain Is a Good Thing,” “Kick the Dust Up” and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.”

“Peoria, let me take a good look at you guys,” Luke yelled out to the sold-out crowd illuminated by the venue lights for only a moment before plunging back into darkness for hits such as “I See You” and “Crash My Party.” “Play it Again” turned into a singalong (‘that’s the best it’s ever sounded’) before Luke disappeared under the stage at the conclusion of “Strip It Down,” only to emerge yet again in the middle of the venue for a duet with LBT’s Karen Fairchild of their No.1 hit “Home Alone Tonight.”

“I’m going to stand by Jimi (Westbrook) since I just sang with his wife and I want to make sure all is good,” Luke told the audience before joining LBT for hot covers of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” After bringing an ailing Dustin back out for a cover of Brooks and Dunn’s “Play Something Country,” Luke concluded the night with a handful of songs such as “Drink a Beer,” “Drunk on You” and “(Country Girl) Shake It for Me.”

The night ended with a mash-up of “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” allowing Luke to use those tight jeans to sing in a falsetto that no one was expecting.

Luke triumphantly walked off the stage with the crowd going crazy in his wake.

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