Hayes starts CMT tour Thursday
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
– Hunter Hayes will headline the sold-out CMT on Tour: Hunter Hayes' Let's Be Crazy tour which kicks off Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn.
With 24 shows in 21 cities, Hayes invited guests at Tennessee Performing Arts Center yesterday with a nearly two-hour show that featured songs from his self-titled deluxe edition release, "(Encore)," which was recently certified Platinum by the RIAA. Hunter has sold more singles than any solo debut country male since the inception of Soundscan's singles chart.
"This tour is a dream come true for me and it is absolutely going be crazy," he said. "We called it the Let's Be Crazy tour because that's exactly what it is," said Hayes. "It's crazy to get to headline some of the coolest buildings in the world, it's crazy to get to play these songs, and I know you guys are going to be crazy."
Ashley Monroe will join Hunter as the special guest on CMT on Tour.
Now entering its 12th year, CMT on Tour has had Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. This is Hunter's second headlining tour following his Most Wanted tour last year.
Tour dates are:
Oct. 10 Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Civic Auditorium
Oct. 11 Savannah, GA - Johnny Mercer Theatre
Oct. 12 Columbia, SC - South Carolina State Fair
Oct. 17 Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
Oct. 18-19 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Oct. 24 Muncie, IN - Emens Auditorium at Ball State University*
Oct. 25 Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theatre
Oct. 26 Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace Theater
Nov. 1 Birmingham, AL - BJCC Concert Hall
Nov. 2 Greensboro, NC - War Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 8 Evansville, IN - The Aiken Theatre at The Centre
Nov. 9 Cleveland, OH - State Theatre at Playhouse Square
Nov. 10 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
Nov. 14 St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
Nov. 15 Sioux City, IA - Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 16 Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theater
Nov. 20 Lafayette, LA - Heymann Performing Arts Center
Nov. 22 Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Nov. 23 Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
Dec. 4-5 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 6-7 Kansas City, MO - The Midland by AMC
* Monroe will not be appearing in Muncie.
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