BRANTLEY GILBERT JOINS KENNY CHESNEY'S 'THE BIG REVIVAL' TOUR
Kenny Chesney has tapped Brantley Gilbert to join the lineup on his upcoming The Big Revival tour. The news comes after Kenny announced he would be teaming up and merging tours with Jason Aldean for a 10-city stadium run next spring and summer.
Kenny said, "When you co-headline a tour with Jason Aldean, you’ve gotta get someone who can hold their own to go in front. When I looked around, for those stadium shows that Brantley’s part of, he’s the man for the job. He knows how to reach the crowd, how to make them rock – and he’s not afraid to push the rest of us. . . When we started looking at acts to take out in 2015, especially having been off the road this year, I wanted to make sure the people that I brought were gonna be as committed to reaching the fans in the back of the stadium as I am."
Kenny’s 55-date The Big Revival tour is slated to kick-off on his birthday, March 26th, in Nashville.
More on-sale information and special guests will be revealed over the coming weeks.
DIERKS BENTLEY RECALLS EXPLOSIVE HALLOWEENS
As a kid, Dierks Bentley had a different way of celebrating Halloween. The traditions that he and his friends took part it every year made it seem more like the Fourth of July. Dierks tells us: "Oh, when I was a kid, I was all into fireworks. Growing up in Arizona, we couldn't get 'em, so we'd have 'em shipped in illegally. I still remember the name of the guy we'd call. His name was Joe, and he'd bring in, ship 'em in a package with no writing on 'em. We were all about M-80s in the mailboxes and bottle rocket wars. To me, as a kid, Halloween was fireworks, was blowing up stuff around home (laughs)." .
Luke Bryan wrapped his 77-city That's My Kind of Night tour have played to 1.7 million fans over the months. 2014 has been Luke's best touring year of his career in 2014, thanks to shows like his two Spring Break concerts in Panama City Beach, Florida in March which drew 230,000 fans and his Farm Tour this fall, which pulled in another 110,000 fans.
Luke said, "We have enjoyed seizing the moments every day on this tour. We’ve played all types of shows this year. It’s just as exciting to play for smaller capacity crowds during a 2-day run in the very northern point of Canada as it is to 60,000 screaming fans at the stadiums shows or for the beach crowds at Spring Break, or to the first time fan who may have never been to a concert until the Farm Tour came to their small rural community. I am so grateful to everyone on my team from my road crew to my fans that have made this year so amazing! I’m having the time of my life."
Highlights from the That’s My Kind of Night tour include four sold-out stadium shows where a combined 225,000 people attended. Luke set an all-time country record for sold tickets at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and at Soldier Field in Chicago. He sold-out two shows in New York City’s Madison Square Garden and became the first country artist to play Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The tour had double plays in eleven cities and broke numerous venue attendance records along the way.
The winter leg of the That's My Kind of Night tour will launch in February with openers Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch.
In other Luke news, he will perform a nighttime concert as part of Mardi Gras' Endymion Extravaganza in New Orleans at the Superdome on February 14th. The concert is expected to draw 20,000 fans.
TOBY KEITH OFFERED LUCRATIVE VEGAS DEAL
Toby Keith recently turned down a sweet deal to perform in Las Vegas. TMZ reports he was offered $325,000 to do one show at the The Axis at Planet Hollywood. As part of the deal, Toby had to agree to do a meet and greet and then head down to his namesake bar, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, located inside Harrah's, for a personal appearance.
Toby was reportedly interested in doing the deal, but ultimately opted not to.
The singer has wrapped up his tour dates for the year.
BITS AND PIECES: KIP MOORE, GARTH BROOKS & MORE!
Dierks Bentley appeared on NBC’s Today show yesterday (Wednesday, October 29th) to announce the first-ever country music festival in New York City. Dubbed as FarmBorough, the event is set to take place on Randall's Island June 26th-28th, 2015 and will feature Dierks, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley as headliners. Kip Moore, Brandy Clark, Maddie & Tae, Randy Houser, Ashley Moore, The Cadillac Three and Dwight Yoakam will also perform. More acts will be announced in the coming months. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 6th. For more information and pricing information, visit: www.farmboroughfestival.com.
Kip Moore was honored by his alma mater, Valdosta State University in Georgia recently. He was among those receiving this year’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award. Kip is up for another award – New Artist of the Year – at next week’s CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (November 5th) at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood will play in Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th at Verizon Arena. Tickets will be on sale Friday, November 7th at 10 a.m. CT at www.ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849.
LADY ANTEBELLUM MEMBERS RECALL MEMORABLE HALLOWEEN
Lady Antebellum members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are fans of getting dressed up on Halloween. Their most memorable costumes came along just a few years ago as the trio celebrated at a party at Charles' house.
That particular Halloween day wasn't the best for Charles, however. He tells us: "My biggest Halloween memory was I dressed up as a -- this was probably about three or four years ago -- I dressed up as a banana. A 6' 6" banana, and I got robbed that day. I had just moved into . . . (wife) Kass and I had just moved into this house we were renting and we were having this big ol' Halloween party and so we went out to Target to get a bunch of decorations and we come back all excited, hands full of stuff and booze (and) our back door was kicked in and bunch of stuff was taken and so I made sure to party that night, party my sorrows away. (Hillary) He did (laughs)! (Charles) I was a pretty loose banana." .
THROWBACK THURSDAY: MARTINA McBRIDE TOPS CHARTS WITH SONG FROM JULIA ROBERTS MOVIE
Martina McBride topped the Billboard country singles chart in 1999 with "I Love You," a song featured on the soundtrack of the Julia Roberts movie, Runaway Bride, which also starred Richard Gere.
At the time, Martina told us about finding the song and how it found its way into Runaway Bride. "I found ‘I Love You’ last summer and just immediately said, ‘I have to have this song. It’s really fun and it’s different for me, y’know, and a couple months later I said, ‘Gol, this would be a great song for a movie.’ Paul Worley said, ‘Well, y’know, there’s this movie that I know the person that’s puttin’ together the music for. Do you want me to play him this song?’ and I said, ‘Sure. Why not? Y’know, give it a shot.’ And they called back and they said, ‘If we had written a song, we could not have written a song that is more perfect for these two characters. We really want this song in the movie.’ So it kind of just all fell into place and went from there."
"I Love You" was the first single from Martina’s album, Emotion, which was released in 1999 and also produced the hits "Love's The Only House" and "There You Are."
MONGTOMERY GENTRY AMONG KENTUCKY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Montgomery Gentry is among the latest group of inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. The duo will join Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys, singer-songwriter Larry Cordle, artist management Clarence Spalding, country comedian, songwriter, musician and broadcaster Pete Stamper, Kentucky legend Doc Hopkins and pioneer R&B group The Moonglows. The induction will take place on April 10, 2015 at Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom. For more information or to purchase tickets visit kentuckymusicmuseum.com.
Since its founding in 2002, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame has inducted over 40 of Kentucky’s most notable musicians including Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Everly Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, John Conlee, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Florence Henderson, Patty Loveless and Steve Wariner, to name a few.