Jason Aldean isn’t quite done burnin’ it down just yet.
The country hitmaker is extending his sold-out Burn It Down Tour into 2015, kicking off a 23-city run in Greenville, South Carolina on February 12th, he reveals exclusively to Rolling Stone Country.
“The tour is doing well, so you want to expand it and hit some cities that you didn’t hit on the first leg of it — that’s the biggest thing,” Aldean tells us. “Every year you try to hit the major markets, for the most part. We were able to do that, but there were a few places we weren’t able to hit on this run.”
The second leg of the tour will give the Georgia native a chance to change up his set list a bit and find new ways to connect with his audience. “The people who think they have the worst seats, we’re trying to figure out how to try to make them feel like they’re on stage with us,” he says. “We want to make everybody there feel like they’re in the front row.”
The tour extension is another proverbial feather in Aldean’s cowboy hat this month, which also saw his Old Boots, New Dirt album hit Number One on the Billboard 200 chart. Additionally, the album broke the record for most first-day and first-week streams by a country album ever on Spotify. And this week, the project’s first single, “Burnin’ it Down,” tops both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase radio charts.
“All and all, it’s been a pretty good week,” he says with a laugh. “When anybody puts out an album, it’s a roll of the dice. We didn’t really know what to expect.”
In the end, Aldean had nothing to worry about. The album is every bit as on fire as the tour, a live production that features more pyrotechnics than he’s used in the past. And he’s found out the hard way that flames are a bit of a job hazard.
“With the Burn It Down Tour, we wanted to incorporate a lot of fire in the show, which we did,” he said. “It was a little bit of a learning process. I’ve got a few eyelashes almost singed off a couple of times.”
This leg of the tour, he hopes, will be safer. Of course, considering he’s touring with Tyler Farr and Cole Swindell, there’s no telling what will happen. Farr recently revealed that he and Aldean are “dangerous” when they drink together, while Swindell, he said, is “one of our Georgia boys from our circle.”
None of this is lost on Aldean.
“When you’re out on the road for as long as we are and playing as many dates as we are, you want to be out there with guys that you enjoy hanging out with,” he said. “I get to go traveling and hang out with my boys for a year.”
Fans can now purchase tickets for the first-announced dates at www.jasonaldean.com, with more details to be revealed over the next few weeks.
2015 Burn It Down Tour Cities:
Greenville, South Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
N. Charleston, South Carolina
Bossier City, Louisiana
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Little Rock, Arkansas
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Corpus Christi, Texas
Charleston, West Virginia