Garth Brooks is set to kick off his world tour and the first stop is Chicago. It will be the first time Garth has played Chicago in 17 years. The concert will be Thursday, September 4th, 7:30 PM at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.
“As an entertainer, you get asked a lot ‘what are the best cities to play?’ Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play and that list ALWAYS includes Chicago. It is the PERFECT city to launch the World Tour!” said Garth Brooks.
Tickets will be on sale Friday, July 25th at 10:00 AM CST. There will be a six ticket limit per purchase. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849. Please note there will be no sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on July 25th.
Tickets will cost $56.94 plus $2.56 tax plus $6.00 service charges, totaling $65.50.
It took Kenny Chesney time to find the songs that would become The Big Revival. But given the success of “American Kids” topping the Soundscan Digital Country Songs chart for the last two weeks since and hitting country radio hard, it’s obvious forging new paths is working for the man who’s been called “The People’s Superstar” by The Los Angeles Times.
With an eye toward fresh and different, Chesney wanted an album cover to reflect just that. Not what was expected, not obvious marketing, or even keyed on any of the obvious notions of who he is. As he says, "I wanted a cover that was surprising... that suggests anything is possible. No matter where you are in your life, how tired or lost or demoralized, with a little faith and a little help, anything’s possible. Because it’s all within you. Or me.”
To that end, Chesney chose a portrait of the bus from his freewheeling “American Kids” video, a vehicle both loaded with meaning and recast in ways that defy description. Transformed by the crazy paint job Chesney himself helped create, the bus becomes a transport to a world where everyone can explore their potential and celebrate being alive.
"That was the thing about the bus. It was so far beyond coloring outside the lines, yet what’s more common than a school bus? We've seen them our entire life... Yet, when you look at that bus after we were done painting it, it was a whole new notion! That’s what I think everyone is striving for: be who you are, but be the person we dream, not end up.”
Shot by emergent photographer Allister Ann, the image was revealed this morning by The Hollywood Reporter (THR.com) and Billboard.com, the cover suggests that within what we know, there are places we still haven’t imagined. All we have to do is look a little closer, then get ready – as the title suggests – for the Big Revival within us.
"I think that's the thing about the songs on this record... about the attitude and energy in 'American Kids'... it's not the same old. It's not what you expect... It's what can be. Asking 'how far can you take it?,’ no, it's 'how far do you wanna take it?!' To me, that's what we sometimes lose sight of, not even how great this life is and can be, but all the things we don't even consider -- and that's where the real thrill of being alive is.
“So rather than another picture of me, I figured, let’s throw open our imaginations! Let’s see what the bus, ‘American Kids’ and the rest of the songs can mean. Look at the bus -- No! Get on the bus... and take the ride for whatever it is you dream.”
The Big Revival arrives in stores and online September 23. “American Kids,” a celebration of the free-spirited nature that marks being alive and savoring each moment, is Chesney’s fastest moving single in years. In its third week, the song is Greatest Gainer, hitting #14 on Billboard and #17 at MediaBase.
Thousands of country music fans flocked to Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas, and soaked in performances by some of today’s hottest country music stars, including Luke Bryan, Eric Church and more, at Kicker Country Stampede 2014. If you missed the action this year, tune into CMT Hot 20 Countdown on July 12 (11:00am ET/PT on CMT) to catch the highlights and see interviews with and performances by Stampede artists Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett and more.
Country megastar and judge on NBC’s The Voice Blake Shelton will be one of the headliners for Kicker Country Stampede 2015. Stay tuned for even more exciting artist announcements in the coming months! Early-bird, weekend, VIP and Reserved tickets are currently on sale, along with 700 reserved camping spots, for June 25–28, 2015. VIP tickets are available for $490, four-day GA passes for $120, four-day, jump-the-line passes for $130, reserved seats for $250, reserved camping sites for $175 and all other camping is available starting at $135 until Nov. 30. For more information on tickets or for any of your Kicker Country Stampede needs, visit www.countrystampede.com or call 800-795-8091.
Kicker Country Stampede offered a full-fan experience in 2014 with fun for attendees of any age. In addition to the main stage boasting the biggest names in country music, Steel Rodeo Tours provided non-stop, action packed freestyle motocross exhibitions. The Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriters Tent featured established, as well as up-and-coming songwriters, including Lance Carpenter, Rob Northcutt Band, Tony Ramey and more. Kite's Grille & Bar Tuttleville Stage once again showcased the best local talent the Midwest has to offer, including Tim Zach & The Whiskey Bent, County Road 5, Jared Daniels Band and more. Other activities included a carnival, mouth-watering vendor food, shopping, interactive exhibits and much, much more.
Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Aaron Lewis is joining Brantley Gilbert on the second leg of the Let It Ride Tour. Earlier this week, Brantley Gilbert and his sidekick Sylo revealed dates and opening acts for the second leg of his LET IT RIDE TOUR through a special video. The announcement also included footage from the first part of the tour, showing fired-up performances from the multiple sold-out shows last spring. This round is set to kick off on September 19 in Austin, TX.Aaron Lewis as direct support 9/19 through 10/25 and Tyler Farr as direct support 10/30 through 12/6. Chase Bryant will be opening all dates. For tickets and more info on the Let It Ride Tour, visit: brantleygilbert.com. For more info on Aaron Lewis, visit: aaronlewismusic.com.
“I'm very excited to be hitting the road with Brantley Gilbert on the Let It Ride Tour in September,” said Lewis. “This is gonna be a good one!!”
LET IT RIDE TOUR dates with special guests Aaron Lewis & Chase Bryant:
09/19 – Austin, TX (Cedar Park Center)
09/20 – Tulsa, OK (BOK Center)
09/26 – State College, PA (Bryce Jordan Center)
09/27 – Worcester, MA (DCU Center)
09/28 – Bangor, ME (Cross Insurance Center)
10/09 – Cincinnati, OH (US Bank Arena)
10/10 – Southaven, MS (Landers Center)
10/11 – Jackson, MS (MS Coliseum)
10/16 – Madison, WI (Veterans Memorial Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center)
10/17 – St. Louis, MO (Chifetz Arena)
10/18 – Moline, IL (iWireless Center)
10/23 – Des Moines, IA (Wells Fargo Arena)
10/24 – Cape Girardeau, MO (Show Me Center)
10/25 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
International superstar, Shania Twain, returned to Canada this past Wednesday and Thursday night (July 9-10) and thrilled fans with two incredible sold-out shows during the Calgary Stampede. It has been ten years since the star has performed live in Canada. Each night 14,000 people packed the Scotiabank Saddledome to see Twain’s high-energy performance, which showcased many of the icon’s greatest hits.
“In our ten years of Saddledome concerts during the Calgary Stampede, Shania is the first artist to sell-out two back-to-back shows,” says Adam Oppenheim, Managing director, Stampede Concerts Inc. “The Calgary Stampede and Stampede Concerts Inc. are ecstatic about Shania’s two performances, and the fan’s enthusiasm speaks for itself.”
“We are honored to have such a tremendous icon mark ten years of the Calgary Stampede Saddledome Concert Series,” Adds Amy Bryan, Director of Talent Buying, REACH LLC.
Following her Calgary performances, Twain will return to the Las Vegas stage for her critically-acclaimed residency show, SHANIA: STILL THE ONE at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday, July 12, 2014. For a full list of her July Vegas dates click HERE.