Alan Jackson performed to a screaming crowd on Saturday at the Deniliquin Ute Muster.By Cass Savellis
US country music legend Alan Jackson walked onto the stage to a mass of screaming fans which would only be rivalled by the Cold Chisel performance at the 2010 Ute Muster.
The mass of muster patrons, and even fellow artists, were counting down the minutes until the American superstar took the stage.
He kept the crowd in suspense, arriving on stage fashionably late while clips spanning his career played on the three big screens.
The star didn’t seem phased by all the attention though, casually greeting the crowd and thanking them for their applause.
He played many of his hits, including Gone Country, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere and Chattahoochee.
Jackson said he was happy to end his Australian tour by playing to the Deni crowd.
‘‘I’ve had a great time in Australia and what a way to end my tour,’’ he said on stage.
‘‘This is a great festival dedicated to what you call utes here in Australia and we call pick-up trucks back home.’’
Die-hard fans were in frenzy when Jackson threw a number of guitar picks and t-shirts to the front row.
He also had a tribute to Deni shown on the big screen during his hit Where I Come From, a pleasing surprise to all the locals.
After the show his Facebook page showed a photo looking out to the muster crowd with the caption, ‘fun night at Deni Ute Muster! Thanks for a great tour Australia!’.
To see Jackson visit a rural Australian town was a dream come true for many and is sure to create an even bigger buzz for the Deni Ute Muster.
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