There’s not much time for fun, big and bold tricks from the stage during a Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving halftime performance. But, wow, Luke Bryan.
Five years ago this week, the country star was introduced to the fans at AT&T Stadium in spectacular fashion.
First, fans needed to look at the gigantic video board that hovers over most of the field. Fans saw an up-close look at the fire. An archer lit an arrow, then shot it. Down below the screen, the stage pyrotechnics blew fire. The whole scene was reminiscent of how a Spanish archer lit the cauldron at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
Bryan rose from the center of the stage and started singing.
Again, there’s not much time. The performer gets about seven minutes to sing and impress.
As the stage pulsated in blue, white and orange lights, Bryan launched into “Kick the Dust Up.” Then he hit “I Don’t Want This Night to End.”
He finished it up with his classic, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).”
All the light and spectacle played well in the stadium and on millions of America’s television sets.
Luke Bryan One of Many Country Legends
The halftime show always is the official holiday kickoff of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys have made themselves part of America’s Thanksgiving tradition. Dallas has played on Thanksgiving for every year but two since 1966.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has turned the halftime show into a big national draw, bringing in popular singers to entertain the crowd there to see the Cowboys play football. If anything, the big-name singers or bands will keep folks from flipping the channel during halftime.
Last year’s game against Buffalo drew a TV audience of 32.6 million. It was the highest-rated regular season game of the year.
Kane Brown is this year’s halftime performer. Past big names have included Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis, Daughtry, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith and Keith Urban.