-I want to talk about
Grand Ole Opry. -Wow.
-This is a big deal. Just to be able to perform there
is a big deal and an honor. -So, yeah,
we got on the Opry stage, and we were doing a
breast-cancer awareness night. We were turning
the Grand Ole Opry, the backdrop, turning it pink
for breast-cancer awareness. And the ACMs come out
and surprised me with the Album of the Decade
for “Crash My Party.” It was bananas.
-I mean, that’s — [ Cheers and applause ] That’s amazing.
How fun is that? -You know, ’cause I’ve got
all these people backstage from my record label. You know, I thought
they were just there to come watch me perform,
and then I’m like, “Oh.” -“Oh, that’s why
you’re all there.” -“You’re coming to watch me
win an award and a photo op.” -Yeah, exactly, right?
Yeah. Thanks for coming on our show. Football night’s
a big night for us. -I know.
-I know you’re a football fan. -Been watching — Been watching
a little bit today. -Yeah, oh.
I know you’re Atlanta Falcons — -Well, I’m a Falcons fan.
Grew up in Georgia. [ Cheers ] That’s — That’s right. -Oh, my gosh.
[ Laughter ] What do you mean,
“That’s right?” -See, that’s how we brag
when we’re 1-6. [ Laughter ] -I know.
-Could you imagine if we’re like .500?
-Yeah, no. -Yeah, no.
Be like, “That’s right!” -Dirty birds!
No, no, no. -Kind of having a rough season. -Yeah, grew up
a big Falcons fan. And, yeah, they’re having
a little bump in the road. And my Falcons — you know,
we live in Nashville now. [ Cheers ] And — y’all —
They just like everything I say. -Yeah, just that one section,
yeah. -The one, my aunties and uncles. -Exactly, yeah.
[ Light laughter ] -But, you know, Nashville,
my boys, my little ones
are kind of Titans fans. [ Scattered cheers ]
And then, they’re Brady fans. And then, they’re —
And so it’s like my whole — It’s like a melting pot
of football hate in the house. -Yeah.
-And rivalry. But I’ve always
leaned to the Falcons. -What are your parties like,
your tailgating? -Oh, we — we —
You know the deal. Chili and beer and
Fritos and that green — You know, just whatever.
Fritos and the rotel dip that makes your stomach hurt
for the next three days. [ Laughter ] -It’s fantastic.
It’s fun, right? You got —
Was it two years ago? You performed at the Super Bowl.
You did the national anthem? -Yeah, I did. I think it was
actually the Falcons. So, I sign on to do the anthem
at the Super Bowl. And when I got the call,
I had — When I got the call,
you’re like, “Do you really want to put
yourself through this mental torture to do –” You either get the anthem right
or you don’t. -Oh, yeah.
-First of all. And then you’re
at the Super Bowl doing it. And so, I sign on to do it. And then, the Falcons are playing the Patriots
in the Super Bowl. So I run out there.
It was in Houston. And I get there.
You know, everybody’s like — I got buddies that are huge — They’re like, “Hey, man,
we’re partying tonight! You know, come to this bar.”
And I’m like, “Guys…” -“I’m performing” —
-“…I’m performing in front of 125 million people on Sunday.”
-Yeah. -“I can’t go…”
-To meet you at the — -You know…
-“Yeah, I’m not doing shots.” -Yeah, do jagerbombs all night.
[ Laughter ] -Yeah, no.
-They’re like, “Aw, man!” -“You changed!”
-“You’ve changed.” [ Laughter ]
-“Yeah, I did change. I’m performing
at the Super Bowl!” -And, I mean, but — So, literally,
I get there on Wednesday. Because you have to go out. And you have
to run it every day. -Sure.
Did you perform live? Because a lot of people — –
Well, yeah, I did it — I did it where
I actually went out there and performed it without
pre-taping it or anything. -Yeah, a lot of people do tape.
-But, you know, I would get out there and —
first of all, you know, it’s about 2 minutes
and 11 seconds to do the anthem. So I had several buddies
fly to Vegas — -I love that you said it’s about
2 minutes and 11 seconds. -No, I had like eight buddies —
-You know exactly how much. You’re like, “It’s almost like
2 minutes and 11 seconds. Don’t you dare go over!”
-Well, my buddies that weren’t wanting me to do jagerbombs
with ’em, they were in Vegas trying to bet
on the time of the anthem. [ Laughter ] -They’re like,
“Luke, you’re gonna make us a lot of money, dude!
Don’t mess this up for us.” -Man, I got country-music
buddies calling me — “Hey, man,
you wearing a hat or not?” [ Laughter ] Like, “Is it 2:11,
or is it 2:12?” I’m like, “I don’t know.”
I’m singing in front of — Leave me alone, man.”
-Yeah. -And then you’ve got this guy
with a headset. He’s like, “Well, the bombers — The bombers have to fly over
the stadium at 2:10. Are you going to be 2:12
or 2:13?” I’m like, “Guys, I don’t know.
I’m walking my ass out there –” [ Laughter ] -“I just want to sing.” -“I came to sing
the national anthem.” -“Just let me do it.
Don’t freak me out.” -“Tell the bombers
to slow down.” You know, the F-14 — -You can’t tell them
to slow down. You can’t do that.
-I’m like, “Ugh!” So I will never
do that to myself… -Did they — Did it work? Did the bombers
fly at the right time? -I don’t know.
‘Cause it was in a — We were in a dome.
I’m like, “What does it matter?” [ Laughter and applause ] -Why would they
have them fly over?! You can’t even see them! They just had sound effects
go over the P.A. like “Fwwwww!” “Trust me,
the bombers are flying over.” -They’re up there, but…
-It’s a dome. Oh, my God.
[ Laughter ] That is the funniest thing.
-So, the funny thing, too — So, literally, I get to the box, after I perform,
you know, the anthem. And I’m just like,
“Somebody get me a vodka drink right now so I can…”
-Yeah. -“…get my life back on track
from what I just put…” [ Laughter ] I mean, you’ve been
in those situations where you’re so nervous,
like, your face locks up. -Yeah.
-And you feel like — You’re just like —
It feels like you have, like, rigor mortis setting in
while you’re — -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-You’re just like — And when I got done,
I was like — And then my Falcons
are up like 28-6, and then,
we blew it in the fourth. And somebody had to tell me
the next morning that we lost. [ Laughter ] -You didn’t even make it
to the end of the game? -I just — I was out.
[ Laughter ] Then I went and did jagerbombs. [ Laughter ] -Let’s talk about — I want to talk about
“American Idol.” How is everything over there?
-Man… -It’s fun, right?
-It’s organized chaos. -It is, right?
I knew they made a good choice when they picked you to be
one of the judges over there. -Well, we —
You know, Lionel — it’s funny. You know, I look back
on why in the world they would have chosen
this trio of judges. But now, three seasons in,
we’re — It’s just a fun dynamic.
I mean, Katy — We all have our little lane.
And you know, Lionel’s — Lionel is the king
of letting children down. [ Laughter ]
We always send Lionel — When we’re in Hollywood
and we pile them all in a room and they’re all in there,
fingers crossed, saying prayers, and it’s the room that’s not
going to Hollywood, we’re like,
“Lionel, they’re yours.” And he’s like —
[ Laughter ] But, you know,
we just did Detroit. Played Ford Field
a couple nights ago. And then, I fly to L.A.
for auditions. We’ve got like
two more audition cities. And the talents —
I mean, it’s so amazing watching these kids
come out of the woodwork. And —
-It’s fun. You never know
who’s gonna be the big star. -You never know.
And our — Anyway, it’s just shaping up
real good. -I want to talk about
your new single. -Yeah, it’s crazy.
[ Cheers ] -“What She Wants Tonight.” [ Cheers and applause ] It’s great.
Just came out this weekend. So, It’s fresh.
This is the first time you’re performing it
on television tonight. So I appreciate you doing it. -It’s actually the second time
we’ve performed it, period. So…
-Yeah. [ Laughter ]
-Y’all just — This crowd just be giving me
one of these or one of these. -Yeah, we’ll give you
one of these. Luke Bryan, everybody!