Underwood took over the new and soon to be hockey hymn "The Champion", with the help of rapper Ludacris, via video piped, and her driving lead single "Cry Pretty," which has already prevailed on country radio and probably her will catapult to another # 1 album in both the pop and country hit list.
Despite everything, the crowd mostly sat still for the duration of the show, while a handful – and I mean a handful – of Underwood Diehards danced and sang every word. It was obvious that much of the audience did not really know the music, they were just there when they visited the glittering new casino that was raging on Friday just outside the arena. I would imagine that some former Taj Mahal High Rollers got seats as a kind of "welcome back" package and decided to check the girl who won "American Idol" 1
Acoustically, the arena was satisfactory, no complaints there. I would like to try again and hope that this weird start was just an advertising anomaly.
But operationally, security measures were worrying. Half an hour before Underwood came on stage, the guards at the security checkpoint simply aroused everyone through the metal detectors – no checking bags, no wands, no "take metal objects out of your pockets." Everyone was simply slipped through and instructed When they got on the scene, they simply tried to reach everyone on time, but given the daytime climate and the deadly shootings at the Las Vegas, Orlando and Manchester concerts, that was a worrying scene. When Hard Rock Property President Matt Harkness was asked to comment on safety, he made the following statement:
"The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City was proud to announce our grand opening weekend with the first ever Grammy-winning concert Artist Carrie Underwood, this sold-out performance officially launched the entertainment program and gave our guests an outstanding performance. "