Country-rocker Jason Aldean has extended his Wide Open arena tour through November, with an additional 25 dates across the nation.
The decision to augment the concert outing came after the Georgia native logged 39 sold-out shows during the first run of the revamped tour, which broke attendance records on both coasts. Consequently, Aldean will take his Wide Open show back on the road beginning Sept. 10, with special guest Luke Bryan joining him for the majority of dates.
“We’ve had such a great year with some really big songs and our first big arena tour, and I’m just not ready to move on from it quite yet,” Aldean said. “All of us … my band, crew, Luke and his guys we’ve been having a blast out on the road together. I think the fans can feel that, too. There are a few things to count on (such as) the music will be loud, the beer will be cold and college football will be on every TV backstage and in the parking lot!”
Aldean is currently in the studio preparing the follow up to 2009’s platinum-selling Wide Open CD. His first three albums have sold more than 3.5 million copies and spawned nine smash hits, including “She’s Country,” “Big Green Tractor,” “The Truth,” “Why” and “Hicktown.” In the last 13 months, Aldean has spent more time at the No. 1 spot than any other country artist, claiming nine weeks at the summit with three consecutive multi-week chart-toppers.
As for opening-act Bryan, the Capitol/Nashville artist is currently enjoying the tremendous success of his new album, Doin’ My Thing, which contains his co-penned hit, “Do I,” which hit the No. 1 chart spot and has amassed gold-status sales, as well as a top-five single. “Rain Is A Good Thing.”
Recently named the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Top New Artist and Top New Solo Vocalist, thanks to fan voting, Bryan also nabbed a CMT trophy for the fan-voted USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of The Year for his “Do I” music clip and he’s currently nominated as Male Country Artist at the Teen Choice ceremony set for Aug. 8. (To see an acoustic performance of “Do I” by Bryan, simply scroll below the tour dates listed below.)
The newly added 2010 Wide Open concert dates are as follows:
9/10 Corbin, Ky., at Ag & Expo Center
9/11 Cleveland, Ohio, at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
9/17 York, PAa., at York Fair Grandstand *
9/18 Wilkes Barre, Pa., at Wachovia Arena
9/19 St. Leonard, Md., at Bayside Pavilion *
9/23 Cape Girardeau, Mo., at Show Me Center
9/24 Tupelo, Miss., at Bancorpsouth Arena
9/25 Biloxi, Miss., at Mississippi Coast Coliseum
9/30 Tallahassee, Fla., at Leon County Civic Center *
10/1 North Charleston, S.C., at North Charleston Coliseum
10/2 Columbia, S.C., at Colonial Life Arena
10/3 Cherokee, N.C., at Cherokee Event Center
10/7 Waco, Texas, at Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo
10/8 Corpus Christi, Texas, at American Bank Center
10/9 Mission, Texas, at Las Palmas Park
10/14 Madison, Wisc., at Alliant Energy Center
10/15 Evansville, Ind., at Roberts Stadium
10/21 Champaign, Ill., at Assembly Hall – U of Illinois
10/22 Ft. Wayne, Ind., at Memorial Coliseum
10/23 Moline, Ill., at Wireless Center *
10/28 Oklahoma City, Okla., at Ford Center
10/29 Springfield, Ill., at JQH Arena at Missouri State
11/18 Columbus, Ga., at Columbus Civic Center
11/19 Birmingham, Ala., BJCC Arena
11/20 Duluth, Ga., at Gwinnett Center
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