By Anthony Donatelli
Night one of Stagecoach 2017 was capped off with first-time headliner Dierks Bentley.
“What, it’s been two years since we’ve been here?” Bentley address the crowd. “Feels like 20. It’s such an honor to be opening the first night at Stagecoach.”
In typical fashion, he brought a fan on stage and challenged him to see who could shotgun a beer the fastest. Bentley came out victorious and joked, “Let’s give it up for second place, it’s 2017, everybody gets a medal.”
This was Bentley’s fourth time at Stagecoach and he graciously thanked concert goers multiple times for the support and for buying tickets.
Bentley had a surplus of friends join him on stage throughout his performance starting with Elle King, who helped perform the smash duet, “Different For Girls.”
It’s not a secret that Bentley has a great sense of humor and the funniest part of his set came when he reflected on an artist that previously opened for him years ago at Stagecoach.
“I feel so bad for that girl that opened for me back in 2006 or 2007,” he said. “What was her name? Taylor Swift? It’s too bad she never made it big.”
Obviously Swift is doing just fine and so are Bentley’s other openers, Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell.
Pardi joined Bentley on stage to perform “The Fireman,” while Swindell took part in an electric duet of “Flatliner.”
The night was wrapped up with Bentley and friends, this time including Randy Houser, getting drunk on a plane in the Indio night sky.