CREATED Jan. 14, 2014
It was just a few years ago that Luke Bryan graduated to arena headliner status. Now, as a strong indicator of just how on fire his career really is, the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year announced today that his That’s My Kind of Night Tour will play even bigger venues—three stadiums—on its run this year. He’ll also be doing more two-night stands in some cities.
The stadiums on Luke’s summer schedule include June 21 at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Aug. 15 at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field and Aug. 31 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Dierks Bentley will be Luke’s special guest for the Pittsburgh and Chicago shows, and all of the tour dates, including the three stadiums, will feature openers Lee Brice and Cole Swindell.
In addition to the first 19 dates on the tour, announced last year and already sold out, today Luke added 54 more dates to the run, which will wrap Oct. 25 at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. His new set will include a round stage in the center of the venue.
Cities where Luke will do a two-night stand are Washington, D.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; St. Louis; Cleveland; Cincinnati; Indianapolis; and Uncasville, Conn. He’ll also play two non-consecutive nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The first, which went on sale last year, sold out in under five minutes.
At a press conference this morning at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, where he is rehearsing for the tour’s Jan. 16 launch, Luke spoke about the stars who came before him and “paved the way for guys like me to dream.” He also talked about the importance of keeping tickets affordable for his fans. Some seats will be as little as $25.
“I want to be accessible to anyone who wants to come see a show,” he said.
He joked that as an artist, his job isn’t to micro-manage ticket sales, but rather to rest up, eat right, write songs and “sculpt my buns.”
Luke also announced this morning that he’ll mount his sixth annual Farm Tour later this year, an outing he says “gets better and better every year.” That limited run raises money for college scholarships. Luke joked that for that tour, he’s “always looking for new hay fields and new allergies I can acquire.”
On last year’s Dirt Road Diaries tour, Luke sold 1.3 million tickets.
At the press conference, which was live streamed, Luke promised “more surprises to come” this year, and said to his fans, “The beauty of this career is you guys, the fans, keep allowing my years to get better and better.” He also promised, “I will continue to grow the tour and give fans something new every year ... It’s a privilege to take this show out on the road.”