Miranda Lambert filled Intrust Bank Arena on Saturday night with a sold-out crowd of 11,000 fans, many of whom were hoping to also catch a glimpse of her famous husband, Blake Shelton.
And the celebrity couple didn’t disappoint. The arena was buzzing all evening with rumors Shelton was in the house. And about an hour into Lambert’s set, after singing an acoustic song, Lambert paused as a second stool was placed beside her.
“I usually don’t perform two acoustic songs in a row,” she said. “But I think you’ll like it this time, because I brought my husband.”
Shelton appeared on stage clutching a guitar, and the audience went wild.
After calling Kansas his “second home,” Shelton told the audience how much he loved sitting backstage watching “Miranda Lambert do what she does.”
“Miranda asked if I would come out and sing a song tonight, and of course I’m happy to do that,” he said. “I wanted to do this song, because Miranda is the reason I recorded this song.”
He played the guitar, and the two harmonized through Shelton’s hit “God Gave Me You,” gazing at each other throughout.
“My husband, Blake Shelton, ya’ll,” Lambert said as the song ended. Shelton kissed his wife on the head and then on the cheek, and he was gone.
The rest of the show was all Lambert.
Looking svelte in skin-tight jeans, tall black boots, a sleeveless Police T-shirt and a black bandanna around her shoulder-length blonde locks, she took the stage clutching a pink guitar and launched immediately into an upbeat version of “Fastest Girl in Town.”
After that came a long list of Lambert’s hits: “Kerosene,” “Baggage Claim,” “Automatic” and the melancholy ballad “Over You.”
During “Famous in a Small Town,” a giant video screen behind the stage, built to look like a two-story picture frame, showed clips of Lambert as a child and as young country star starting her career. It also frequently showed fans at the front of the stage wildly dancing and singing along.
“So far, it’s going better than the last time I was here,” Lambert said after singing a cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen.” “We had to hunker down for about an hour, but we got to drink more, so that’s good.”
She was referring to the time she was in Wichita in 2012, when a tornado warning during her concert briefly halted the event. The weather passed, and Lambert resumed the show.
The last time she was in Wichita was 2013, when Lambert was on stage singing a surprise duet with Shelton during his show.
Other songs included on Lambert’s Saturday set list: “The House That Built Me,” “White Liar,” “Smokin’ and Drinkin’ ” and “Little Red Wagon,” which she also performed on this year’s Grammy Awards show, shortly after winning one.
Singer Justin Moore, one of three warm-up acts for Lambert on Saturday, performed several of his biggest hits, including “Small Town USA” and “Til My Last Day.” He also delivered a crowd-rousing cover of Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home.”
Midway through his set, Moore offered a little “trivia” he said the crowd could use to win a beer in a bar someday. Does Wichita remember, he asked, the identity of the very first artist ever to grace the Intrust Bank Arena stage?
“It happened to be me,” he said, referring to the Jan. 9, 2009, concert where he was one of the opening acts for Brad Paisley.
The other opening act that night: Miranda Lambert.