For Blake Shelton and the sold-out crowd at First Niagara Pavilion, it was all about Friday night.
He even set up the night by opening his set with "All About Tonight."
"It's all about tonight, Good times and the music and laughing and grooving to the band."
It was a show that celebrated the new and the old, talked about the happy and the sad, and allowed country music to shine for yet another summer night in Pittsburgh.
"I came here for two reasons: to drink and to sing country music. Now let's get to work," Shelton said after his opening song.
All About Tonight
The More I Drink
Kiss My Country Ass
She Wouldn't Be Gone
Mine Would Be You
Playboys of the Southwestern World
Who Are You When I'm Not Looking
Sure Be Cool If You Did
Drink on It
Boys 'Round Here
God Gave Me You
Thousands of energetic cowboy hat and boot wearing fans filled the amphitheater to hear the 2012 CMA Entertainer of the Year. But, the shear sight of the grassy area filled to the top with fans made Shelton thirsty.
"I didn't expect this," he said. "I am nervous now. I drink when I get nervous."
The "Ten Times Crazier" Tour, which kicked off July 19, is Shelton's first headlining tour. "When I said I didn't know what to expect, I mean it," he said.
But Shelton didn't sing entirely from his latest release, "Based on a True Story." He included many of his first singles and releases in the set list, including the first song he ever released, "Austin." This was a pleasant change from the typical concert when the artist sings almost entirely from the latest album.
This song truly exemplified how loyal Shelton's fans are as they sang along to every word of the song.
This was exhibited throughout the concert but was particularly clear during the older hits. But, Shelton paused after singing about best friends in "Playboys of the Southwestern World," saying that he feel the same artistic connection with the older songs.
So in order to continue performing the older songs, Shelton had to put on a cowboy hat with a mullet attached underneath.
Taking a break from his self-proclaimed "hillbilly and country singer," he performed "Yeah," a song by Usher, one of his fellow judges on "The Voice." The crowd found the cover -- or should I say, attempt at one -- hilarious and Shelton stopped after less than a minute.
"I am country singer. I am a hillbilly. What more do you want from me?" Shelton said.
Following his hilarious struggle to cover Usher's hit, he slowed it down. Singing his wife Miranda Lambert's song "Over You," fans saw the more private, emotional side of Shelton, as the song is about his brother, who died in a car accident.
During the song, additional white lights were shining brightly from the left corner of the stage, almost symbolizing Shelton's brother watching over him.
"I love you all for that right there. Thank you," he said after the emotional song.
Throughout the 20-song set, Shelton lit up the stage and the audience with his music, especially during "Home."
Friday's stop on the tour was an "epic, epic concert" for Shelton, one that he is "always going to remember."
But, every epic concert needs an epic song. For Taylor Swift, every song is "an epic song," according to Shelton.
"I always wanted to know what it feels like to be Taylor Swift," he added.
So during "Home," phones and lighters were raised and the light created a truly spectacular sight.
That energy remained throughout the remaining few songs of the concert.
Easton Corbin warmed the crowd up with a 12-song set filled with good, pure country tunes including "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It."
Singer Jana Kramer, who was the first opening act, wanted to be "One of The Boys," forgetting the high heels she was wearing. And with her all-male band and two male acts following her, she sure was. Kramer also sang "Why Ya Wanna" and "I Hope It Rains."
Country music fans were in heaven Friday night -- summertime weather, good music and beer. Oh, and a night spent drinking with Shelton himself.
And for all in attendance, Shelton's lyrics may be spot on in the morning.
"Don't bother telling me what I got coming in the morning, I already know, I got some feelgood pills and a red Gatorade by my bed, Ready to go."
Claire Aronson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1964 or on Twitter @Claire_Aronson.