McGraw surprises fans about tour
Monday, February 4, 2013
– Tim McGraw surprised fans with personal phone calls to help announce the first available tickets for his upcoming Two Lanes of Freedom 2013 Tour.
McGraw partnered with Tumblr to create the "Fanticipation" program which allows fans, for the first time ever, to announce through Tumblr when tickets will be available in their own hometown.
Tickets for the following dates will go on sale Friday, Feb. 8: Charlotte, N.C. (May 3); Raleigh, N.C. (May 4); West Palm Beach, FL (May 10); Atlanta, GA (May 12); Pittsburgh, PA (May 18); St. Louis, MO (May 23); Chicago, IL (May 24); Indianapolis, IN (May 30); Cleveland, OH (May 31) and Dallas, TX (June 22) with Cincinnati, OH (May 25) going on sale Saturday, Feb. 9. To purchase tickets and for more info, visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.timmcgraw.com.
The new disc is out on Tuesday. McGraw will appear on Nightline tonight, and then heads to the West Coast for The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Feb. 5) and a special live stream Ram Country on Yahoo! performance later that night aboard the USS Midway in San Diego at 7:30 p.m. Pacific. He will guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Feb. 6) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Feb. 7), pay tribute to friend and MusiCares Person of the Year Bruce Springsteen (Feb. 8), present at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards (Feb. 10) and wrap up with a visit to Chelsea Lately (Feb. 11).
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