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Bryan sells out first leg of tour, announces second

Thursday, January 17, 2013 – Luke Bryan sold out the first leg of his headline tour, the "Dirt Road Diaries Tour," he announced today. The current 21-city run, which starts tonight in Indiana, was extended with a second leg beginning May 17 in Virginia Beach, Va.

Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square are special guests on both legs.

"I feel like I have waited a lifetime to take my own show on the road," Bryan said. "The band and I have a lot of exciting things in store for the fans and are eager to get it started."

The first leg tour dates are:
Jan. 17 Evansville, IN Ford Center
Jan. 18 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
Jan. 19 Southaven, MS Landers Center
Jan. 25 Estero, FL Germain Arena
Jan. 26 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Feb. 7 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Feb. 8 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Feb. 9 Charleston, WV Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
Feb. 15 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
Feb. 16 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Feb. 17 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Center
Feb. 18 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Center ****added
Feb. 21 Ft Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Feb. 22 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Feb. 23 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena
Feb. 28 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
March 1 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center
March 2 Moline, IL i wireless Center
March 14 Orange Beach, AL Amphitheatre at the Wharf
March 21 Florence, SC Florence Civic Center
March 22 Fayetteville, NC Crown Center
March 23 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena

Tour dates for the second leg are:
May 17 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
May 18 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
May 31 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
June 1 Philadelphia Susquehanna Bank Center
June 2 Boston Comcast Center
June 13 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
June 14 St. Louis Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 15 Chicago First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 11 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
July 12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 13 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
July 14 Atlanta Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 20 Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 21 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 26 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
July 27 Phoenix Desert Sky Pavilion
Aug. 8 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Aug. 9 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 11 San Diego Sleep Train Amphitheatre formerly Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 23 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 24 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 25 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sept. 12 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
Sept. 14 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Sept. 20 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sept. 21 Denver Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Sept. 26 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
Sept. 27 Cleveland Blossom Music Center
Sept. 28 Pittsburgh First Niagara Pavilion
Oct. 17 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
Oct. 18 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 19 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
Oct. 25 Tampa 800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre
Oct. 26 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

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