CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will try some normalcy on the season-opening Daytona 500 with a reside pre-race live performance – the primary large efficiency at a observe through the pandemic – that includes nation music star Luke Combs.
Combs, who carried out just about for NASCAR’s season finale in November, has not accomplished a reside present because the COVID-19 pandemic started in March. NASCAR, which prides itself on its elaborate pre-race pomp and leisure, has not had a significant reside efficiency since PitBull and Blake Shelton carried out within the ultimate race earlier than sports activities have been halted.
”I can not wait to really feel that vitality once more. Man, I miss it,” Combs wrote in an electronic mail to The Related Press. ”It is the primary reside present I’ve performed since March of 2020, and I would say it is fairly dang large.”
The NASCAR season opens Feb. 14 at Daytona Worldwide Speedway, the place the Daytona 500 will conclude every week of racing. The 63rd operating will likely be held in entrance of restricted spectators, however officers wished to proceed a few of the traditions surrounding ”The Nice American Race.”
”The custom of the Daytona 500 pre-race present has been an extremely widespread hit with race followers,” observe president Chip Wile stated. ”Luke has been one of the crucial influential nation music stars over the previous few years and his fan attraction is unbelievable. It is a bonus, too, that he loves our sport.”
Born in Charlotte however raised in Asheville, Combs made NASCAR races a weekly viewing staple alongside his grandfather.
”When you would’ve informed me again then that I would be performing on the Daytona 500 someday, I would not have believed you,” stated Combs, a longtime fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The Billboard Music Award-winning artist is raring for the chance to carry out reside once more as most musicians have been sidelined to recording studios because the pandemic started. He stated he is missed the gang interplay and vitality, in addition to touring along with his band.
”It is the factor that permits the fan to be related to the artist in a really intimate manner, one thing which you could’t actually clarify. Reside music is a manner for us to have the ability to disconnect from all the pieces else, and simply be there within the second,” Combs stated. ”The pandemic has undoubtedly harm our business as an entire, however I personally simply actually miss being on stage each night time with the blokes and the followers.
”It is why I do what I do. After I stated ‘I miss the highway, I miss my band’ in my tune ‘Six Toes Aside,’ I actually meant it. It is arduous being away from (the followers) and I can not wait to get again on the market.”