Tim McGraw starts tour in May
Thursday, January 31, 2008
– Tim McGraw will go on the road in May under the 2008 Live Your Voice tour with Jason Aldean and Halfway to Hazard opening.
McGraw, who toured last summer with wife Faith Hill, is headlining his own show this year.
Shows start May 9 in Tampa, Fla. and ends July 6 in Pittsburgh. McGraw's tour will consist of mainly playing sheds.
"I'm looking forward to having Jason and Chad and David out there this year," said McGraw. "They are among the best live performers out there, and I think it's a great combination that the fans will enjoy."
Halfway to Hazard, a duo from Kentucky, released their debut on McGraw's label last August. They also opened many shows on the Soul2Soul 2007 tour of McGraw and Hill.
McGraw will also play one-off headlining dates at several festivals prior to the tour including the Houston Livestock & Rodeo March 3, his debut appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival April 27 and the Stagecoach Festival May 4.
McGraw asked "Rock the Vote" to join the tour to mobilize voter registration awareness. For 18 years, Rock the Vote has fused celebrity and politics to encourage voting.
Tour dates are:
May 9 Tampa, Ford Amphitheatre
May 10 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amp
May 11 Orlando, FL TD Waterhouse
May 15 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Ctr
May 16 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Music Ctr
May 17 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amph
May 21 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Amph
May 22 Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre
May 23 Indianapolis Verizon Wireless Music Ctr
May 24 Chicago First Midwest Bank Amph
May 29 Wichita, KS
May 30 Oklahoma City, OK Ford
May 31 Waxahachie, TX Country Thunder
June 1 Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pav
June 3 Charleston, West Va.
June 5 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 6 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
June 7 Boston Bank of American Pavilion
June 8 Hartford, Conn. New England Dodge Music Ctr
June 11 Atlanta HiFi Buys Amph
June 13 Virginia Beach, Va. Verizon Wireless
June 14 Philadelphia Post Gazette Pavilion
June 15 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
June 17 Kansas City, Mo. Sprint Center
June 19 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
June 20 Phoenix, AZCricket Pavilion
June 21 Las Vegas, Indoors
June 24 Seattle Venue
June 25 Portland, Ore. Amphitheater at Clark County
June 27 Salt Lake City ANA Amph
June 28 Grand Junction, CO Country Jam USA
June 29 Greeley, CO Greeley Stampede
July 3 Milwaukee Summerfest
July 4 St. Louis Verizon Wireless Amph
July 5 Cleveland Blossom Music Center
July 6 Pittsburgh Amphitheater
Barbecue sauce KC Masterpiece and charcoal manufacturer Kingsford are sponsoring the tour.
The two brands will present the VIP Pre-Show Party where McGraw performs a private acoustic set prior to each show.
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