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Gilbert, Lewis combine country, rock at Alfond concert

Country star Brantley Gilbert brought some friends with him to campus on Tuesday for a concert at the Alfond Arena.

Known for No. 1 country singles “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “Country Must Be Country Wide,” Gilbert was accompanied by Staind frontman Aaron Lewis and rising country singer Randy Montana.

Montana opened the show accompanied by another guitarist and played an acoustic set that included his Hot Country top 40 singles, “1,000 Faces” and “Ain’t Much Left of Lovin’ You.”

Lewis, who first ventured into country music with his 2011 EP, “Town Line,” performed with a full band. Along with songs from his 2012 solo album “The Road,” he performed his Staind hit, “It’s Been a While,” which he introduced by saying, “I wrote this song when I was about your age.”

Lewis also performed a cover of “What Hurts the Most,” most famously recorded by Rascal Flatts. He introduced the song, “I didn’t write this song, but neither did the band that recorded it.”

Gilbert took the stage, threw up his hands in the “metal horns” sign and said, “Let’s raise some hell!”

After a few songs, Gilbert commented on the Maine weather.

“I just want to go ahead and put this on record: it is cold as s— in here,” Gilbert said. “I’m from Georgia, I’m going to need a bigger coat.”

Commenting on the largely camouflage, hunter orange and plaid clothing of the concertgoers, Gilbert said, “I think there are more rednecks up here than there are in Georgia.”

Gilbert said the song “Them Boys” is about his grandfather who died of cancer, saying it “brings him back a little bit.”

After an encore, Gilbert left the stage by saying, “You guys are bad—, thank y’all so much, man.”