The country music landscape is changing before our very eyes, and one of the most noticeable alterations to the topography has been the mountainous rise of Georgia’s own Jason Aldean. The country music phenomenon’s fifth studio album, Night Train, dropped early last week and made its presence felt immediately by debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. With 409,000 copies sold, the release rolled in as the second-best debut sales week of 2012. From there, the announcement of a major headlining tour was expected, but no one quite saw this coming.
On a day-long, whirlwind trip around the country, Aldean took the 2013 Night Train tour to new heights by announcing three major stadium shows in Georgia, Chicago, and Boston. The first stop of his journey was to his home state of Georgia, where he told a riveted Athens crowd that he would be performing an April 13th show at the University of Georgia’s legendary Sanford Stadium, which will mark first-ever concert held there. Then it was off to Boston, where he set up shop beside the Green Monster at Fenway Park and announced a July 13th show, which will make him the first country music artist to perform at the historic ballpark. And, ensuring he went out with a bang, he flew to the Windy City to make the famous ivy wall of Wrigley Field his backdrop, where he announced a July 20th performance there.
Stadium shows of this proportion are the final frontier for country music stars, and only the top artists every take the plunge; recent memory has seen only genre-defying superstars like Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift tackle the feat, but Aldean is more than ready. He surely has the hits to please the masses, having released eight number one songs and seven more that saw significant time in the top ten. Then there's his double-platinum effort, 2009’s My Kinda Party, which set the country music world on fire and paved his way to pounce on some of the most coveted venues in the country.
Topping things off, the 2013 Night Train tour will pack a heavy punch with supporting stars like Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, and Thomas Rhett joining Aldean at Fenway Park, while Kelly Clarkson will be at Wrigley in place of Lambert. If you’re ready to jump aboard the 2013 Night Train tour, great Jason Aldean tickets are on sale right now at Vivid Seats, or you can or sign up for email alerts for up-to-date information about all of Jason Aldean’s upcoming tour dates, which are expected to be released in the near future.