McGraw Says Tour Mates Will ‘Make Each Other Better’
It’ll be black hat vs. straw hat when Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney hit the road together for next year’s Brothers of the Sun tour, an outing their publicists are already helpfully calling the “musical event of 2012.”
The 19-date stadium tour kicks off June 2, 2012 in Tampa, Fla., and runs through Aug. 25, where it wraps in Foxboro, Mass.
Brothers of the Sun will be the first time in 10 years that Chesney and McGraw have toured together. The tour will also feature opening acts rock band Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and country singer Jake Owen.
Chesney will close the shows, he tells Billboard.biz. “Technically I am closing, but Tim and I are going to give the fans their money’s worth,” Chesney says. “If I was being correct about it, I’d say me and Tim are closing. We’re going to try and change it up every night, have as much fun as we possibly can.”
McGraw, who has been friends with Chesney since they were both new artists in the early ’90s, tells Billboard.biz there is a competitive aspect to the relationship. “We’re great friends, but we're also competitive guys, too,” he says. “We played basketball when we were on tour last time, his guys against my guys, and got in heated competitions. Of course, you know we kicked their ass. But he’s a great competitor, as am I . . . The fun we'll have pushing each other [on tour], I think we’re going to make each other better."
“Tim and I have been great friends since we first toured together, and I can’t wait to get back on the road with him,” Chesney said in a press release announcing the tour. “He’s one of my closest friends in music and in life, and I know this tour is going to be something special.”
“Our friendship was forged on the road, so it’s going to be a blast heading out with Kenny again,” added McGraw. “We'll be having as much fun on stage as the fans will be having in the audience.”
Tickets for shows in Dallas, Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Chicago; East Rutherford, N.J.; Detroit; and Foxboro will go on sale December 3 through Ticketmaster. On-sale info for the remaining dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
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After the show, Swift told the media, "The reason why we celebrate like we just won the Superbowl is because there are some many people involved in making something like this happen."
On her songwriting, Swift said, "The most amazing feeling is to see a song start out as an idea that hits you in the middle of your day and haunts you until you write it, and then you’re playing it in your living room, and then it goes out into the world and you can look out at a crowd of 50,000 people and they’re singing it back to you.
"You spend so much time daydreaming about your future and it’s a blast to call it a career."
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On a more serious note, he said, "Last year maybe I got the underdog vote, but this year I didn’t think I could get away with that." But now, with a second win under his belt, Shelton said, "For the first time I feel secure in the country music industry because it’s such a fickle industry. I feel like last year wasn’t just a fluke now."
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Asked about their crossover success on pop radio, Perry said, "We sort of feel like we’re part of the country evangelism team. We like hearing country songs on pop radio."
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"This is the guy that found me in a club in Atlanta, Ga., brought me to town 13 years ago and has made every record I’ve ever done," he said of Knox. "I wouldn’t be here without him.”
Backstage after the show, Aldean said he thought he had a shot at winning the musical event prize based on the success of his duet with Kelly Clarkson, but the album of the year win was a complete surprise.
"It was just a cool night altogether," he says of the awards show. "This album’s been really special in a lot of ways.
"I definitely think album of the year is a big one," he added. "To win something like this is cool simply because you get to share that with everybody [involved]. It’s kind of a group win."
He's already at work on his next album and said, "We’ve already found some great songs and the ball’s rolling now. I love the way the album’s shaping up."
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