CHICAGO — Blake Shelton was just being himself.
That may have been bad news for the Nashville executives who booked his Saturday night show (July 19), but it was very well-received news for the capacity crowd at Wrigley Field.
“Ever since this was booked, there have been meetings about how I should be the night I do this show. ‘Chicago is a big market,’ they said. People get paid to say things like that,” Shelton said about five songs into his two-hour set.
“They said, ‘Don’t talk about drinking and hunting. Don’t be yourself. Just sing your damn songs — and leave.'”
And he did sing his damn songs. Twenty of them. But Shelton also talked. And talked. And talked. He filled the gaps between songs with stories, jokes and nonstop awe over his spot on the stage in the outfield of the legendary Chicago Cubs baseball field.