Shelton claims he's getting Ten Times Crazier
Thursday, January 17, 2013
– Blake Shelton will embark on a headlining tour of the U.S. beginning July 19 in Virginia Beach, VA. The Ten Times Crazier Tour, which features special guest Mercury Recording artist, Easton Corbin, and ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year nominee, Jana Kramer, will criss-cross the country this summer.
General public tickets will go on-sale in March. Pre-sale information, contesting, and meet and greet opportunities will be available soon to Blake's BS'er Fan Club members via www.blakeshelton.com/bsers. BS'ers is free to join.
This is Shelton's second headlining tour following last year's Well Lit & Amplified Tour.
"My fans, country radio, friends, family, you name it - they know I love to perform," Shelton said. " With The Voice schedule, I was not able to go out and perform as much as I wanted last year, but I plan to make up for it this year."
"This summer is going to be a blast. I want everyone at my shows to leave feeling like they got every penny's worth of their ticket. I am going to give them every ounce of me on that stage because they deserve it. My fans are die hard country fans, they love to laugh and have a good time and I'm going to join them in what truly will be the Ten Times Crazier Tour."
Tour dates are:
July 19 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 20 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
July 21 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 26 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 27 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 28 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 1 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Aug. 2 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 3 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 9 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Aug. 10 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 11 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 29 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aug. 30 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sept. 5 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sept. 6 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
Sept. 7 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Sept. 12 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 13 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Sept. 14 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sept. 19 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center
Sept. 20 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Sept. 21 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
Sept. 26 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
Sept. 27 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
Sept. 28 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Oct.3 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Oct.4 Tulsa, OK BOK Arena
Oct.5 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
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