Brooks & Dunn go Down Under
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
– Brooks & Dunn have sold more than 30 million albums, scored 23 number 1 hits and become the most-awarded act in ACM and CMA history, but this February, they're embarking on a career first as they bring their music to Australia for their first Down Under tour.
Tickets for their debut night (Feb. 29) at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre sold out in a single weekend, prompting the addition of a second Brisbane show on March 1, followed by dates March 5 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne and March 10 at the Acer Arena in Sydney.
Kix Brooks said, "We were kinda nervous about going. We were afraid nobody 'Down Under' had heard of us."
"But once the first show sold out, we said, 'Bring it on'," said Ronnie Dunn.
The duo is currently climbing the country airplay charts with "God Must Be Busy," the second single from their latest album, Cowboy Town.
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