New song “Jesus Got a Tight Grip” available now
Country music superstar Blake Shelton championed his friends and heroes this year more than ever, from sharing singles to sharing stages – and he’s not done yet! The arena-selling, multi-media entertainer will hit the road once again for Friends and Heroes 2020 beginning Thursday, February 13th in Portland, OR. The 16 date run will hit major cities throughout the Midwest and West Coast, including a stop at The Forum in Los Angeles. Joining him is very special guest Lauren Alaina as well as appearances by The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins.
“The Friends and Heroes Tour was so exciting and successful last year that I couldn’t imagine not trying something like that again,” states Shelton. “Even though every night when the show wrapped, I would tell the audience that they might never see something like this again, with these legends, my plan all along was to at least try to make that happen. I didn’t know if I’d be able to get the same artists, but we were able to work it out where we have the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, Trace Adkins and Lauren Alaina all coming back to do the exact same tour. We were only able to do a handful of shows last year, so we’re going to take the tour to different areas so that fans will get a chance to see what we did. I feel like it was the best concert experience that I’ve ever been involved in, and I’m ready to get fired up again.”
Tickets in all cities, apart from Los Angeles, Wichita and Detroit, will go on sale October 25th at 10 am local time. The three remaining shows will go on sale at the same time the following week on November 1st via Shelton’s website. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will be available. These exclusive offers can include an amazing selection of tickets, backstage tours, access to VIP hospitality lounge, preferred parking, custom merchandise and much more.
American Express Card Members can purchase tickets for select markets before the general public beginning Monday, October 21st at 10 am local time through Thursday, October 24th at 10 pm local time. For Los Angeles, Wichita and Detroit, American Express Card Members can purchase tickets beginning Monday, October 28th at 10 am local time through Thursday, October 31st at 10 pm local time.
In addition to announcing the tour, Shelton is reminding the world that “Jesus Got a Tight Grip” in his brand new song. The seasoned songwriter penned the track alongside frequent collaborators Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander and Rhett Akins. The upbeat tune celebrates the goodness in everyone, even those who might “have a little rust on [their] halo[s].” “Jesus” is available and comes accompanied with a live video that features his touring band, including CMA Musician of the Year nominee Jenee Fleenor.
“Jesus Got a Tight Grip” is one of five new songs on Shelton’s upcoming December 13th album Fully Loaded: God’s Country. The 12 song collection will feature seven hits from previous albums and five new tracks, including current single “Hell Right” featuring friend and tourmate Trace Adkins. The “surefire hit” with a “swampy, loping groove” (The Oklahoman) is nearing Top 20 at country radio and continues to climb.
The project’s title track, three-time CMA-nominated smash “God’s Country,” is the fastest country single in the past year to reach one million track equivalents. It is nominated for Video, Single and Song of the Year. The smash hit became Shelton’s 26th No. 1 on country radio, where it remained for a multi-week run, in addition to his 16th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Shelton also earned a Musical Event of the Year nomination for “Dive Bar,” his collaboration with music icon Garth Brooks.
Between putting the finishing touches on Fully Loaded: God’s Country, Shelton has a few select tour dates and is currently filming for the next season of The Voice. Live shows begin November 11th.
Blake Shelton’s Friends and Heroes 2020 Dates:
Feb 13 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Feb 14 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Feb 15 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
Feb 20 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Arena
Feb 21 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
Feb 22 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Feb 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Mar 5 – Glendale, CA – Gila River Arena
Mar 6 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
Mar 7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum*
Mar 11 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena*
Mar 12 – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
Mar 14 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Mar 19 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
Mar 20 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
Mar 21 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena*
All tickets except where noted are on sale at 10 am local time on October 25th.
*On sale at 10 am CST on November 1st.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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