Jason Aldean Wanted to Break the Mold With 2017 They Don’t Know Tour
Jason Aldean is currently headlining his own They Don't Know Tour, with Chris Young and Kane Brown serving as his opening acts. Aldean has spent most of his career on the road, so for his current trek, the country star was determined to break out of what he felt was a rut, and try something different.
"Touring is a funny thing: There’s only so many places you can play. We’ve been on the road for 12 years, either as an opener or as a headliner. At some point, you just feel like it’s Groundhog Day: You’re playing the same places over and over, and you’re like, ‘Man, I feel like we were just here,’" Aldean shared with The Boot and other reporters at a recent media event. "It reaches a point where you’re like, ‘Alright, where are some places we haven’t played? Where have we not been, and some festivals maybe we haven’t played at in a while? And let’s take a break from some amphitheaters we’ve played over and over and over.'"
With that mindset, Aldean and his team tried to find some new places to go this year, and to reach some fans who haven't yet had the chance to see the hitmaker perform live.
"That’s kind of where we were this year a bit -- just taking a break from some places we’ve played at so much and playing some things, some festivals and some venues, that, some of them we haven’t played in three or four years. And then next year, we’re actually playing some amphitheaters this year that we took off last year, that we didn’t play last year," Aldean shares. "I think, sometimes, everything has just kind of been full-throttle mode ... I think it was dissecting everything we’ve done and just trying to be smarter about it so we can go out and tour longer and still create -- you want to create that 'people being hungry to see you again' [feeling]. And if you’re in their face constantly, I don’t think they’re going to get that."
Aldean is especially excited about his They Don't Know Tour because of the two artists who take the stage before him each night. Aldean and Young have known each other for years, and toured together in the past, but Aldean admits that he didn't know too much about Brown at first.
"Chris is one of those guys ... I don’t think you realize how many hits he’s had until he goes out, and you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, I know that song.’ He rips off about 45 minutes worth of hits. So, he’s solid, and he’s just a great, great singer, and just a solid act to have out there," Aldean says. "[Kane has] been a blast to have out. It’s sort of an eye-opener for me when I see him, because, for a guy who hasn’t really had a big song on the radio yet, when he goes out to sing, man, people know every word to every song he sings."
A list of all of the upcoming shows on Aldean's They Don't Know Tour is available on his website.
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