Award-winning band Lonestar pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces with the CMT concert special, Lonestar: Concert for the Military. Shot on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City, the show debuts Tuesday (July 1) at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
“Because of the song ‘I’m Already There,’ we’ve gotten a lot of response from the military and military families,” drummer Keech Rainwater told CMT News. “That has really drawn us in to doing a lot of these shows for the military. And especially on the deck of a real aircraft carrier — to see all that history on that ship and then do a concert for all those soldiers — you can’t get any better than that.”
The Intrepid was first commissioned as a war ship in 1943. It survived several attacks in World War II and Vietnam and was the primary recovery ship for NASA missions before being transformed into a museum in 1982. The concert, hosted by CMT’s Katie Cook, was taped over the Memorial Day weekend during the famed “Fleet Week,” an annual event where sailors and soldiers converge on New York City. The uniformed crowd was revved up and ready to cut loose.
“Emotions were running high that night,” Lonestar frontman Richie McDonald recalled. “These are men and women who’ve been gone for six months to a year, so it was more of a celebration for them to sit back and have a good time. When we were rockin’ out, they were rockin’ out, but when we got to ‘I’m Already There,’ you could just tell what that song means to them.”
The hour-long special includes both uptempo Lonestar hits like “No News” and “What About Now” as well as hit power ballads like “Amazed.” The show also features two new cuts from the band’s first greatest hits album, From There to Here, released last month. Following the Fourth of July weekend, Lonestar will hit the summer fair and festival circuit for what they’re calling a “greatest hits” tour.
“There have been so many hit songs over the years that we’ve pushed by the wayside to bring in new material,” keyboardist Dean Sams said. “We’ve had fans over the last few years go, ‘Why’d you quit doing “Come Cryin’ to Me” or “Tequila Talkin’”?’ Now, they’re gonna get every hit we’ve had, and they’re gonna get all the new songs on the greatest hits album, plus a few surprises.”
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