Florida Georgia Line announces headlining tour
Monday, July 15, 2013
– Florida Georgia will probably have more good times this year as the band announced its first headlining tour today.
The fun starts in early October in South Dakota and ends in mid-December in Washington. Colt Ford, Tyler Farr and Dallas Smith will be on the tour as well.
FGL has enjoyed huge success with 4x Platinum song Cruise, which has dominated Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart at number 1 for 19 straight weeks, the longest stretch for any song in the past 50 years.
The first show to go on sale - Nov. 19 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Ky. - sold out in a record-breaking 23 minutes with 10,718 tickets.
"We can't wait to give our fans what they have been asking for all year - our own headline tour," said Tyler Hubbard. "It is unreal, and the first night of the tour can't get here fast enough."
Brian Kelley said, "This is another dream of ours coming true. I couldn't be more excited and more proud of the tour. Having Colt, Dallas and Tyler along with us is going to make for a party."
Florida Georgia Line also went number one with Get Your Shine On. The record-breaking duo - Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Ga.) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Fla.) - is the first in 21 years to top the country airplay charts with their first two singles, according to Billboard.
The ACM New Artist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year winner's current single, Round Here, is Top 20.
Ford's latest, "Declaration of Independence," debuted at atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Colt's new single, Drivin' Around Song, featuring Jason Aldean, ships to radio July 15. Colt penned 2 number 1 hits in 2012: Jason Aldean's Dirt Road Anthem and Brantley Gilbert's Country Must Be Country Wide.
Farr has a hit with Redneck Crazy. With the launch of his debut album, of the same name set for October, the Missouri native is currently on tour for select dates with Lee Brice.
Hailing from Vancouver, Smith puts rock in his brand of country music. Smith has a disc out, "Jumped Right In," produced by Joey Moi (Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line), in Canada. Smith is working on his first U.S. release via Big Loud Mountain Records.
Oct. 3 Brookings, SD Swiftel Center
Oct. 4 Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center
Oct. 5 Fargo, ND Scheels Arena
Oct. 6 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center
Oct. 10 Murray, KY CFSB Center
Oct. 11 Muncie, IN Emens Auditorium
Oct. 12 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall
Oct. 13 Bowling Green, OH Stroh Center
Oct. 16 Springfield, MO O'Reilly Center
Oct. 19 Lexington, KY Whitaker Bank Ballpark
Oct. 23 Carrollton, GA The Coliseum/Univ. of W. GA
Oct. 31 Chicago, IL Sears Center Area
Nov. 1 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
Nov. 2 Cedar Rapids, IA US Cellular Center
Nov. 3 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
Nov. 7 Florence, SC Florence Civic Center
Nov. 8 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
Nov. 9 Greenville, SC BiLo Center
Nov. 15 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
Nov. 16 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theater
Nov. 17 Reading, PA Eagle Theater
Nov. 21 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Nov. 22 Salem, VA Salem Civic Center
Nov. 23 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Nov. 29 Ft. Worth, TX Billy Bob's Texas
Nov. 30 Belton, TX Bell County Expo Center
Dec. 1 Austin, TX ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Dec. 6 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia LA Live
Dec. 11 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Dec. 12 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
Dec. 13 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena
Dec. 14 Kent, WA ShoWare Center
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Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll
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