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Priceless: The Tour 2016

 

Priceless: The Tour
for King & Country

4/29/16, at Olive Church in Pensacola, FL

There are few Christian artists with the same success in the past few years that for King & Country has had. From being an opener on Winter Jam in 2015 to being one of the headliners the following year, combined with numerous hit singles, their recent success is hard to ignore. Their concert performance only solidifies their rise in popularity.

With KB not being on this stop of the tour, and there being no opening acts, the night immediately started off with for King & Country taking the stage. A confetti blast at the start immediately told the crowd what they were in for, with the brother duo of Joel and Luke Smalbone and the rest of the band starting off the night with "Run Wild." It was a great performance of the song, but it did feel like it would have been better had KB been there for the part where Andy Mineo raps on the song itself. The brothers did not wait long before going into the crowd, taking only the third song of the night "Fine Fine Life" to do so. For most artists, crowd interaction is a one-time-per-night thing, so to see them do it several times was a nice surprise. What was unsurprising was their great song selections. Both albums--Crave and Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong--were represented well, with hits like "The Proof of Your Love" being mixed in with deeper cuts, such as "Without You." The lighting was the main source of production, and it did a great job in setting the mood throughout the night, such as when there was a spotlight in an otherwise dark room when Joel was doing the speaking portion of "The Proof of Your Love." Joel and Luke speaking to the crowd of their struggles in coming to America as youth in a poor and large family, before the testimony on Compassion Ministries, was powerful. Humor was present too, as the Australian brothers spoke on how they had never heard of a "Bloomin' Onion" until they came to an Outback Steakhouse in America. Their personalities shined through and rounded out the evening. The night concluded on a great note as the crowd was invited to the front of the stage for the 2-song encore of "Messengers" and "O God Forgive Us." As great as having seats to sit in during a show is, there's something very special about standing shoulder to shoulder with fellow concert goers as you see a band perform and worship Jesus.

The venue of Olive Church was a good choice to hold the show, with the roughly 2,000 person crowd fitting in nicely. The biggest complaint I saw was the clear echoing going on throughout the entire show. It is always frustrating to see a venue, even if it is a Church primarily, not have appropriate sound absorption for concerts. Having said that, the attendees seemed to really enjoy themselves, as for King & Country treated them to a memorable evening. I look forward to what this amazing band has in store for their fans next, both on and off the stage.

-- John Breuer, 5/13/16

 

for King & Country Set List

  1. Run Wild
  2. Dreamers
  3. Fine Fine Life
  4. Light it Up
  5. Middle of Your Heart
  6. Priceless
  7. Crave
  8. The Proof Your Love
  9. No Turning Back
  10. Busted Heart (Hold on to Me)
  11. It's Not Over Yet
  12. Without You
  13. Shoulders
  14. Fix My Eyes
  15. Messengers
  16. O God Forgive Us

 

Priceless: The Tour 2016 Photo Gallery
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**vertical images cropped for thumbnails**

for King & Country

*all photos by John Breuer and are the property of the photographer and Jesusfreakhideout.com

 



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