The End Of An Era: Florida Georgia Line Play Emotional Final Show

6 September 2022 | 11:54 am | Mallory Arbour

“This is our last official concert as Florida Georgia Line”

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Florida Georgia Line waved goodbye to an era, as Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley played their final show as an award-winning duo at the Minnesota State Fair on Wednesday, August 31.

Hubbard told the crowd, “This is our last official concert as Florida Georgia Line… let’s see what we got left in the tank. You’ve enabled us to chase this crazy dream of writing songs and playing shows and hoping someone will show up to listen, so thank you guys. It’s the closing of an incredible, incredible chapter for us. It’s very exciting for us to look at what’s ahead, see what’s next. And the next chapter ahead is very exciting, but we want to celebrate this chapter with you guys.”

Florida Georgia Line closed out the show with Cruise, their breakout hit from 2012 which was downloaded over seven million times, making it the first country song ever to receive the Diamond certification. They hugged before exiting the stage on opposite sides.

While there is always a possibility of a comeback and/or reunion, both are busy with their own solo projects. Following the release of his Dancin’ in the Country EP last month, Hubbard will release his solo album next year. He previously worked with Tim McGraw on the hit single, Undivided, as well as on My Way with breakout TikTok star Lathan Warlick.

Kelley released his album Sunshine State of Mind in 2021 and has been working on his country musical May We Allwhich is expected to be extended into a movie version. He also formed his own label called Nashville South Records and is part of the scripted comedy-country podcast Uncle Drank, alongside Luke Wilson, Gary Busey, Uncle Kracker and Billy Zane.

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Breakup rumours have surrounded the duo ever since their political feud during the 2020 election where both Hubbard, Kelley and their wives unfollowed each other on Instagram.

“I unfollowed Brian Kelley for a few days while we were in the middle of this election and everything going on,” Hubbard said. He also missed the 2020 CMA Awards, where the duo was nominated for ‘Vocal Duo of the Year’.

In February, the duo indicated they were taking a break to pursue solo endeavours and reflected on how the past couple of years and the COVID-19 pandemic had shifted their perspectives.

“We’re in an interesting phase right now,” Hubbard said. “I think we get a new perspective on life right now. We kind of had our blinders on for 10 years of just more songs, more hits, more shows. And now obviously due to the pandemic, we’ve sort of gotten to step back and have a different perspective and enjoy family time and thinking about our future outside of music… What I plan on channelling, and I think BK is on the same page, is the next decade really diving even deeper into our passion for the craft of songwriting… I think we want to invest in younger artists, and we want to create a legacy that’s beyond just making records and touring.”

Over the course of a decade, Florida Georgia Line released five albums and accrued over five million sales. Between 2012 and 2020, the duo achieved 13 #1 singles.


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