Thursday, October 18, 2012
– Jason Aldean is going to hit the stadium circuit, including venerable Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, he announced Thursday at a Boston press conference.
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. Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and The Police are among the bands who have played the stadium. Miranda Lambert will precede Aldean. Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett will support all dates.
Aldean then traveled to Chicago's Wrigley Field in the afternoon and was joined by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts to reveal that his history of 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 University of Georgia 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."
Concert details are:
Boston - July, 13, 2013 - Fenway Park
Support: Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. eastern
Chicago - July 20, 2013 - Wrigley Field
Support: Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. eastern
Athens, Ga. - April 13, 2013 - Sanford Stadium
Support: Luke Bryan, Jake Owen Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. eastern
Aldean released his fifth disc, "Night Train," on Tuesday. The release is likely to be the top selling album in the U.S.