Jason Aldean celebrates a decade's worth of heavy touring in his newest music video, "Lights Come On."
"I used to think it was so cool to go out and sell out a little nightclub somewhere, or a little theater that we were playing," he says at the beginning of the clip, which intercuts live footage with snippets of a backstage interview. "Now, every time, to come in and play an arena or amphitheater or stadium, and this many people are here to watch your show and sing your songs back to you — it exceeds anything I ever dreamed up."
Matching the pace of Aldean's live show, "Lights Come On" is a fast-moving montage of pyro blasts, smoke swirls, raised hands, guitar heroics, cowboy hats and airborne particles of beer. The video takes the viewer backstage, too, showing the long workdays that go into a two-hour headlining set. We see Aldean walking the empty field at Boston's Fenway Park, taking a snooze in the green room, sharing a brief moment of PDA with wife Brittany Kerr and, eventually, gearing up to take the stage. Finally, "Lights Come On" shines a spotlight on his fans. Thousands of them fill the stadiums that serve as the video's backdrop, and the frontman sings their praises, crediting their support for "[allowing] us to stay around that long."
"What [the song's title] means to me is, 'It's time to go to work,'" he says in another voiceover. "You got a lot of people out here that've spent money to buy at ticket to come watch us. It's our job to go out every night and make sure they have a good night and forget whatever cares they've got going on."