Hunter Hayes kicked off his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour last night with a wild card show in New York City. We’d like to think we’re at least partially responsible for this show, since we asked Hunter for a headlining NY show the last time we saw him, but really we have to thank Nash FM and all of the passionate country fans in the city for this one.
We love watching Hunter perform because of the passion and energy he has on stage. You can tell how much he absolutely loves what he’s doing, and how much he appreciates it. (As he said, “I’m so happy even one person showed up tonight!” And the Best Buy Theater was packed). We’re also consistently impressed by his musicianship – his live shows always include extended guitar solos, jam sessions, and multiple instruments. (After all, he can play over 30 of them).
In a Wild Card show, anything can happen, and of course the opening night of a tour is always special as it all comes together for the first time. Hunter is great at interacting with the crowd – he stopped to take a few selfies with fans in the front row, and even left the stage during the encore to say hello to the crowd on the floor. But the biggest surprise of the night came when he read a fan’s poster that said “Hunter, can I sing with you?” To which he said, “Sure, come on up!” The lucky fan (“Miss Helen”) joined him onstage for “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me,” perfect for a singalong.
The Tattoo (Your Name) Tour also has an interactive element – after all, YOU are the most important part of the show. Hunter teamed up with Glow Motion to create custom wristbands for the show. You’re given one when you enter the venue, and have to activate it using the Hunter Hayes App. We highly recommend downloading the app BEFORE getting to the venue. You will need to use the wifi to activate the wristband, and having the app already downloaded will save you a lot of time (and internet use, especially in an arena with 1000s of others also trying to get the app!) The wristbands glow red when you receive them, and will turn green once activated. If you’re having trouble activating it, find someone with a green glowing wristband! You have the option to keep the wrist band after the show, with a $10 donation to the USO, which Hunter is supporting during this tour.
The wristbands lit up in tune with many of the songs, playing off the lights on stage and changing colors to the beat. It was fun to see the light show extended through the entire crowd, not just on stage. Our only advice? Put your hands up! You’re at a concert, and it’s a lot cooler when everyone can see you light up like the fireworks flying on the fourth of July.
The Railers and Dan + Shay will be joining the tour starting October 30th. Check out all of the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour dates HERE and get to a show near you! A tour lineup doesn’t get much better than this.
Hunter Hayes Tattoo (Your Name) Tour Wildcard Set List
Somebody’s Heartbreak / Dream Girl
More Than I Should
You Think You Know Somebody
Everbody’s Got Somebody But Me
Faith To Fall Back On / Flashlight
Love Too Much
A Thing About You
Love Makes Me
Better Than This
I Want Crazy