To cap off a whirlwind Tuesday in New York City that started with a 3 am wake-up call for Good Morning America, Chris Young played an intimate show at Nash FM 94.7 Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17, just after an interview with NYCountry Swag. Backed by two guitarists and strumming his own acoustic, Young charmed fans during his six-song set that included some of his classic and future hits. He also took time to chat with Nash DJs Katie Neal and Jesse Addy, telling stories about summers as a teenager, recording with Cassadee Pope and Vince Gill, and his arena tour, which hits Long Island in December.
Playing the “Up Close and Country” stage atop New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Young recounted his last visit to the famous arena, taking his mom to see Billy Joel. He also took a page from Joel’s book for the acoustic show, recalling how the Piano Man announced, “I’m not gonna play anything new, I’m just going to play stuff you guys know.” Young promised the same, “So that’s what we’re going to do today, play stuff that you guys put on the radio.” He then played some of his earliest hits, including “Getting You Home” and “The Man I Want to Be.”
While introducing the latter, Young admitted that the song had slipped from his set-list, but returned at the request of an unusual person, The Rock. “So I didn’t play this song for a long time, and there’s all different kinds of reasons that you end up putting something back in your set. This was a multi-week #1, and we had it out of the show, I really don’t know why, but when the Rock tweets at you, you kinda gotta put the song back in the set, and he did so…”
One of the highlights of the show was its impromptu vibe, as Young turned to his guitarists, asking what song they should play next, and Ryan Haas chose “You,” while Kevin Collier and the Rock had similar tastes, choosing “The Man I Want to Be.” Young also played “You” and “Aw Naw,” much to the excitement of the lucky fans in the audience.
Young ended the evening with a song that “changed his life,” “I’m Coming Over.” Before launching into it, he thanked and praised Nash FM 94.7, and the great city in which it resides. “This is one of my favorite cities on the face of the planet,” Young said of New York City. “I love getting the chance to come up here, especially when we get the chance to do so many cool things in the span of like two days.”
Judging from the reaction from the fans in the audience and on Facebook Live, New York City loves having Chris Young here as much as he enjoys being here. If you didn’t have a chance to attend last night’s intimate show, you’re in luck because you can watch a replay of it below.