CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean continues a whirlwind album release week with a major surprise announcement today with the first announced stadium dates planned for his 2013 Night Train tour.
Aldean kicked off the day at Boston’s Fenway Park with Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy on hand to announce his July 13, 2013 date, making history as the first country artist to ever play the famed stadium.
He traveled to Chicago’s Wrigley Field this afternoon and was joined by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts to reveal that his long history of record-breaking Chicago area shows helped catapult him to stadium level headliner for the July 20 tour stop.
The Macon, GA native and lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan ended the day in Athens, GA by surprising a crowd of UGA students who thought they were attending a pep rally. When the curtain dropped, Aldean appeared to reveal that he will hold the first ever concert at Sanford Stadium on April 13, 2013. He was welcomed by football head coach Mark Richt and followed the surprise with a special performance for fans.
"It takes a lot to make me nervous, but walking out of the dugout at Fenway this morning to announce our show there definitely did it," said Aldean. "It's the kind of moment you dream about your whole career, so I tried to take a minute to soak it up, but it's pretty overwhelming. It was an incredible day as we went on to Wrigley for that announcement and then finished it up tonight with a surprise performance for the fans at University of Georgia. It's a day that I'm never going to forget."
FULL STADIUM DETAILS:
Boston, MA – July, 13, 2013
Support: Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Oct. 26, 2012 at 10am ET
Chicago, IL – July 20, 2013
Support: Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Nov. 3, 2012 at 10am CT
Athens, GA – April 13, 2013
Support: Luke Bryan, Jake Owen Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Nov. 2, 2012 at 10am ET
Aldean’s fifth studio album for Broken Bow Records, Night Train, was released on Oct. 16 to mass critical and fan praise. The album has already produced a record-breaking, multi-week No. one single with “Take A Little Ride,” and comes on the heels of the top-selling country album of last year and reigning CMA Album of the Year My Kinda Party.
Aldean recently earned three Country Music Association Awards nominations for the Nov. 1 show, in the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year for "Dirt Road Anthem." Additionally, he has sold out every show on his current My Kinda Party Tour presented by State Farm, – often in minutes of the day they are on sale – and has broken over 40 venue attendance records. The tour has gone on to sell an unparalleled 1.9 million tickets and wraps Oct. 27 in Dallas, TX.