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Breaking records at Fenway Park usually involves home runs and no-hitters, but Jason Aldean managed to break two at the home of the Boston Red Sox this weekend without ever picking up a bat.
The Georgia native was already making history as the first country artist to play the venerable ballpark, selling out the Friday and Saturday shows in minutes to boot. But he also broke Sir Paul McCartney's single-night attendance record—set only four nights before—and the Dave Matthews Band's two-night record set in 2006. With help from openers Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen and Miranda Lambert, Jason entertained more than 70,000 fans with a high-octane show that featured shooting flames, flashpots and fireworks.
All of his biggest hits made the set list, including brawny rockers like “She’s Country,” “Johnny Cash,” “Tattoos on This Town” and “My Kinda Party.” Saturday night’s biggest singalongs happened during “Dirt Road Anthem” and a raucous “1994” as the Fenway faithful chanted “Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie.”
In addition to making the record books, Jason was making a personal dream come true. A huge baseball fan, Jason recalled growing up with posters of Red Sox Hall of Famers like Wade Boggs and Jim Rice hanging on his walls, so he said it was particularly special to play in front of the Green Monster.
In a statement about breaking the attendance record Jason noted, “I heard we also set a new all time record for beer sales. They drank Boston dry . . . it was wild!”