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Shelton will be back on tour

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – Blake Shelton returns to the road in August.

Shelton will visit 16 cities for a 17-date run, including a stop at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and a two-night residency in Washington D.C. "Friends and Heroes 2021" will welcome very special guest Lindsay Ell, with special appearances by Martina McBride, Tracy Byrd and Trace Adkins.

"A little over a year ago when the world shut down and we had to postpone the tour, I was already in Omaha getting ready for the show that night," Shelton said. "I told you we would be back, and I'm thrilled to say we are kicking off the Friends and Heroes 2021 Tour in Omaha"

"I'm giving everybody in every city plenty of notice. You might as well tell your boss you're gonna be late to work the next day and pay that babysitter overtime, because we are going to play some country music for y'all until they turn on the lights. And that might not stop us. I'm excited to welcome Martina McBride, Tracy Byrd, Trace Adkins and my very special guest Lindsay Ell to the Friends and Heroes 2021 Tour. See you there."

Rescheduled dates from the 2020 run will honor previously purchased tickets, and additional tickets currently on sale. All new dates will go on sale Thursday, June 10 at 10 a.m. local time. "Friends and Heroes 2021" will abide by all local and venue COVID-19 policies.

Shelton's tour announcement comes ahead of his "Body Language" CD out on Friday. The 12-track studio album includes his 28th career number one hit "Happy Anywhere" (with Gwen Stefani) and current Top 15 and climbing single "Minimum Wage."

Shelton will celebrate the release tonight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The festivities will continue this Friday with performances on the Citi Music Series on TODAY in 8, 9 and 10 a.m. hours. Next Wednesday, he will stop by The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Tour dates are:
Aug. 18: Omaha, NE / CHI Health Center*
Aug. 20: Denver, CO / Ball Arena*
Sept. 2: Philadelphia, PA / Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 3-4: Washington, D.C. / The Anthem
Sept. 9: Nashville, TN / Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 10: Evansville, IN / Ford Center
Sept. 11: Rosemont, IL / Allstate Arena*
Sept. 16: North Charleston, SC / North Charleston Coliseum
Sept. 17: Greenville, SC / Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Sept. 18: Duluth, GA / Infinite Energy Center
Sept. 23: St. Louis, MO / Enterprise Center
Sept. 24: Tulsa, OK / BOK Center
Sept. 25: Fort Worth, TX /Dickies Arena
Sept. 30: Grand Rapids, MI / Van Andel Arena
Oct. 1: Detroit, MI / Little Caesars Arena*
Oct. 2: Milwaukee, WI / Fiserv Forum*

* Rescheduled date. These shows are on sale now. If you previously purchased tickets for one of these shows and you're no longer able to attend, you may request a refund within 30 days. To be eligible, you must have purchased your tickets through Ticketmaster and not have transferred, posted, or sold them.

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