Saturday marks a homecoming for Chris Blue and his first performance in Neyland Stadium. Blue also has some TV appearances in his future, and teased when we might be hearing new music.
Blue is performing with UT's Pride of the Southland Marching Band during halftime of the Vols game against LSU on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Blue hit the field inside Neyland Thursday night for a rehearsal, thrilling fans and a handful of students taking part in the show.
“It's going to be fun, it's going to be crazy, and I'm truly excited to do that,” he said.
When asked about the future, Blue said keep an eye open for him on NBC's "The Voice," where he is the reigning champion, but as for new music he was pretty tight lipped.
"The date is 12, I can't tell you the date, but mid-December look out for it,” Blue said.
Knoxville native Ken Easterly helped Blue with choreography before "The Voice," and also helped him prepare for his series of sold out shows at the Tennessee Theatre. Easterly said their friendship has been life changing.
"As the days kept going another show got added, and another show, and then this opportunity came across the table, so I’ve just been blessed,” Easterly said.
On Saturday, he'll take the stage again in support of his friend. This time he's helping out UT's dance squad.
"They were awesome at making their dancers available and it's coming along great. Saturday is going to be a great show,” Easterly said.
A return home to Knoxville, not just for a show, but to reconnect with friends and a community.
"A piece of Heaven is here in Knoxville. Being inside Neyland Stadium for the first time and walking on the grass is a dream come true,” Blue said.
He said this weekend’s performance was all about team work, as there was a lot of brainstorming happening with UT's Director of Bands Dr. Donald Ryder and the Pride of the Southland.