Justin Moore has had his fair share of touring with a female headliner, having spent so much time on the road with his friend Miranda Lambert. But now, Justin is on the road with Brad Paisley, and he says that he’s happy about getting some “guy time.”
The Crushin’ It tour with Brad, Justin and newcomer Mickey Guyton continues on Sunday, May 31st in Charlotte, NC.
Eric Church set his fourth North America venue attendance record of 2015 on Wednesday night on his The Outsiders World tour stop at Lincoln, Nebraska’s Pinnacle Bank Arena. The concert drew 15,823, shattering the previous record of 14, 368 set by Sir Elton John in November of 2014. Eric performed over two hours of original music.
He said, “I’m humbled by the success this tour has had. The records it has set, by some of my muses and heroes, it’s (all) very surreal. As an avid music fan, I’m not sure it’s deserving in comparison to those I adore musically. I can only say this happened because, in my opinion, our fans are second to none.”
The Outsiders World tour topped Billboard‘s Hot Tours last month after Eric set a new attendance record at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on March 20th with over 18,626 present. He also shattered Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena attendance on January 10th with an unprecedented 18,411 fans assembled for what has now become the first of three sold out shows in 2015 in Music City. Eric is opening Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater with two back-to-back sold out shows in July. On April 7th, he also broke the attendance record in North Dakota’s Ralph Engelstad Arena, which was previously set by Sir Elton John’s 2012 show.
Since launching his tour in September of 2014, Eric has performed to over 800,000 fans in more than 65 cities with nearly 20 stops continuing through September 2015.
Darius Rucker made his official debut in country music on this day in 2008 with the release of his first country single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” It went on to top the Billboard chart, as did the following two singles from his Learn To Live debut CD — “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Alright.”
Darius’ latest album, Southern Style, was released in March. The title track is his latest single which is climbing the country charts.
Brad Paisley has landed the gig of a lifetime . . . again! Brad has been tapped to open up for The Rolling Stones when they play Nashville’s LP Field on June 17th. He first got to perform with the Stones in 2013 at their show in Philadelphia.
The news broke yesterday and Brad celebrated by sending out a series of tweets, including, “May I have your attention please . . . , “So it’s been a while since I was an opening act. But I think I remember how to do that . . ., “So proud to warm up for the greatest rock band in the world June 17, LP Field Zip Code Tour,” and a retweet of the show announcement writing, I’ve never been tempted to frame a tweet before now . . . ”
The Stones tweeted their own announcement writing, “Happy to announce the brilliant @BradPaisley will be joining the Rolling Stones in Nashville!” They also linked to a YouTube video of their performance with Brad of “Dead Flowers” in Philly.
The Rolling Stones will kick off their 15-city North American stadium tour, called Zip Code, in San Diego on May 24th.
Brad continues on his Crushin’ It tour with upcoming shows in Salem, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Keith Urban just might have a mini-me in the family. The singer and his wife, Nicole Kidman, recently revealed that their six-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose, not only loves music, but she has asked to compete on The Voice Kids in Australia.
Keith and Nicole were on the red carpet at the American Idol finale last week where they told Extra about this budding young talent. Keith said he’d be fine with letting her compete, but Nicole isn’t on board just yet. She said, “I’d be devastated if they didn’t get through.” Nicole said she has discussed this possibility with Sunday, but the little girl remains undaunted. Nicole said, “I’m just like, ‘But baby, what if the chair didn’t turn around?’ and she’s like, ‘I’d be fine.’ But she wouldn’t. You want to protect them, but have them follow their dreams.”
Keith added, “You’ve got to expose them to the real things in life.”
Keith cut his teeth on such Australian singing competition shows as Pot of Gold, Have a Go Show and Stairway to the Stars. He said, “For whatever reason my parents thought these shows were a good place for me to go to maybe not only hopefully get a leg up career-wise, but also get some advice and feedback, which I certainly did. Some of it’s pretty scathing. So I know what it’s like to be humiliated in front of everybody on TV.”
Keith has been invited back to judge the last season of American Idol when it returns in January. In the meantime, he recently topped the charts with “Raise ‘Em Up,” a duet from his Fuse CD featuring Eric Church.
Legendary blues artist B.B. King died at the age of 89 on Thursday night, according to multiple media reports. King’s lawyer reported that King passed away in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas. He had long suffered from Type II diabetes and canceled a tour last October due to ill health. He never performed live again.
Known for classic songs like “The Thrill Is Gone,” King was a touring artist for more than 50 years averaging 275 shows a year. He also released more than 50 albums since the 1940s, was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame, won 15 Grammy Awards — including a Lifetime Achievement Award — and was the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors from President Bill Clinton in 1995.
Ranked Number Six on Rolling Stone‘s 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, King influenced generations of blues and rock guitarists and was one of the biggest blues artists to cross over from regional success to mainstream and commercial fame within his own lifetime.
Born in Mississippi as Riley B. King on September 16, 1925, King worked in the cotton fields as an orphan before starting on the path that made him a living legend and a national treasure.
Everyone’s buzzing about this season’s American Idol winner, Nick Fradiani, but the other big news coming from last night’s finale is Steven Tyler‘s live performance debut of his very first Country single, “Love Is Your Name.”
The rock legend discovered the song after performing a couple tunes at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and as he explains, “the rest will be history.”
There is no word yet on when fans can expect Steven’s first solo Country album.
In the meantime, he continues touring with Aerosmith, playing a show on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
The video for Brad Paisley‘s current single, “Crushin’ It,” was hand drawn by the singer himself. The funny animated clip depicts what a Country Music Super Hero Team would look like if it included Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker and Kenny Chesney, to name a few.