Kenny Chesney 2013 Tour Plans, Tim McGraw on ‘Cake Boss’ + More: Country News Roundup

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Kenny Chesney 2013

The Boot rounds up today’s country music news from around the web.

Kenny Chesney‘s No Shoes Nation tour is still a few weeks away but he’s steeped in preparations to make it an unforgettable experience for concertgoers. On Feb. 13, the country superstar and his band begin tour rehearsals. “I used to say we’re like a baseball team: six months on, six months off,” Kenny says. “But the truth is, what we do to create what people see from a show this size out there on the road really does take a lot of work, a lot of thought and a lot of practice. And the great thing about my crew is, they get as much a charge seeing the fans respond to what goes into all this work as the band and I do when we’re on stage.” Expect a greater video presence at this year’s shows, which kick off March 16 in Tampa Bay, Fla. Kenny’s latest video, “Pirate Flag,” made its premiere right here on The Boot. (Watch below.) His album, Life on a Rock, will be out April 30. [GAC]

Grammy-nominated Hunter Hayes has joined the lineup for this summer’s Country Thunder, set for July 18-21, in Twin Lakes, Wis. Previously-announced performers for the hugely popular outdoor festival include Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Jake Owen and more. [Country Thunder]

George Strait Tickets: Dates and Schedule of George Strait & Martina McBride Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2013

Tickets Are Selling Out Fast for the King of Country Music’s Final Tour Country music’s best team up again for the new Cowboy Rides Away Tour: George Strait & Martina McBride set to kick off in Lubbock, Texas on January 18, 2013.

Country music fans are in for a two-year bittersweet treat beginning in January of the new year. The King of Country Music, George Strait, has scheduled his last tour and will be joined by Martina McBride who will be his opening act. The tour will be opening in Texas with dates running through 2014. Currently the Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2013 dates show twenty-one different venues in several states with more shows to be put on the schedule at a later time.

George Strait Tickets

George Strait has stated publicly in the past that when he reached the age of 60, he would consider retiring from touring. After reaching the milestone this past May, he decided that the Cowboy Rides Away Tour: George Strait & Martina McBride would be the perfect way to say farewell. By extending the tour over two years, he will be able to reach as many fans in as many places as possible. George won’t be giving up on music altogether as he will continue to record new music and make new albums.

Some advice for fans who want to be part of country music history by attending the farewell tour 2013 is that they need to hurry. Concert tickets are selling fast for all dates on the schedule and tickets have completely sold out in many of the venues through official ticket vendors. Fans who were unable to purchase tickets for the first round of the tour may still be able to see the show, but will have to wait. Once the schedule is set for the second leg of the tour, concert tickets will go on sale again.

This isn’t the first time that the Strait & Martina McBride have teamed up for a tour. They have worked together in the past and have recently come off of a sold-out twelve concert tour in 2012. As for the farewell tour, Strait has hinted that there are some surprises in store for concert-goers that may not be announced in advance. Guest artists are slated to perform for single concerts throughout the tour, with Miranda Lambert and the Randy Rogers Band among them. The two-year extravaganza is expected to be an emotionally charged, exciting tribute full of hits from two of the most beloved icons in country music.

Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2013 Dates:

Lubbock TX United Spirit Arena January 18, 2013

Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena January 19, 2013

Salt Lake City UT EnergySolutions Arena January 25, 2013

Nampa ID Idaho Center January 26, 2013

Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Arena January 31, 2013

Fresno CA Save Mart Center February 1, 2013

Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena February 2, 2013

Saint Paul MN Xcel Energy Center February 15, 2013

Grand Forks ND Alerus Center February 16, 2013

Buffalo NY First Niagara Center February 22, 2013

Hartford CT XL Center – February 23, 2013

Knoxville TN Thompson Boling Arena March 1, 2013

Lexington KY Rupp Arena March 2, 2013

Houston TX Reliant Stadium March 17, 2013

Greenville SC Bi-lo Center March 22, 2013

Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum March 23, 2013

Albuquerque NM The Pit April 5, 2013

Las Cruces NM Pan American Center April 6, 2013

North Little Rock AR Verizon Arena April 12, 2013

New Orleans LA New Orleans Arena April 13, 2013

San Antonio TX Alamodome June 1, 2013

Best concert you saw during 2012?

Time for you to pick the best concert you saw during 2012. Big or small, arena or club, festival, fair or benefit, what moved you the most in 2012? For us our Favorites #1 Coldplay #2 Jason Aldean #3 Kenny Chesney


George Strait Tour 2013 | George Strait Concert Schedule 2013

Cowboy Strait Rides Away Again

Country music star, George Strait will be on the roads again for his final tour starting early next year. This is according to the latest reports press conference he made in the Country Hall of Fame and Museum while commenting, “Don’t think I’m retiring, because I’m not.”

Indeed, the music icon does not seem retire given that his tour and he is set to depart on the 18th of January, leaving for 21 scheduled concerts and 20 other performances until 2014.

The Cowboy Rides Away Tour is thought as Strait’s career celebration since his shows are mostly set in his former venues. Thus, this gives fans opportune moments of singing along the country star during ultimate live performances. Also the country music icon added that there might a few surprises for fans along the way.

Martina McBride, a popular country singer, is also expected to join the George Strait Tour as a guest performer. The first leg dates of the tour have already been released and the tickets have already been available since the 12th of October this year.

The star is looking forward to the plans for the George Strait Tour. In the conference, he still seemed eager and enjoying his performances as a country icon. “I just don’t want to go to the point where I show up and nobody else does, you know? It’s been great. I’ve been doing it for 30-some odd years and I’ve loved it,” he told the reporters who attended the conference. “”…And here lately it’s just the walking out onstage part, that’s all great. I’m still loving that. It’s just the hectic part about touring and traveling and bam bam bam. I just feel like it’s time for me to try something else.”

George Strait Tour is set to take off on the 18th of January next year at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. It is scheduled to stop at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee in March 1st and at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas. More of his performance dates and venues in 2013 and 2014 are also expected to be released soon.

George Strait is one of the country’s most hailed artists in country music. In his career, he has had 59 number one hits, with a song consistently hitting the top ten charts every year. He was first known in his 1981 hit single “Unwound.”

Strait’s career has been reckoned as one of the finest in country music. In fact, he was inducted as a Country Music Hall of Famer in 2006. Plus his career is decked with achievements – 38 gold records, 33 platinum and 13 multi-platinum.

Closing his press release in Nashville, Tennessee, Strait made a memorable remark while reminiscing his triumphant performances, “I’m sure I’ll miss it. I’m sure I will. How can you not after doing it for so long. It was a hard decision to make. It was tough. I’ve lost sleep. But I think about midway through this tour I’ll realize that, yeah, I did make the right decision. It’s just a part of it.”

Here is a list of performance dates and venues of the Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

January 18, 2013               United Spirit Arena                         Lubbock, TX

January 19, 2013               Chesapeake Energy Arena           Oklahoma City, OK

January 25, 2013               EnergySolutions Arena                 Salt Lake City, UT

January 26, 2013               Idaho Center                                     Nampa, ID

January 31, 2013               Sleep Train Arena                            Sacramento, CA

February 1, 2013               SaveMart Center                              Fresno, CA

February 2, 2013               MGM Grand Garden Arena          Las Vegas, NV

February 15, 2013            Xcel Energy Center                         St. Paul, MN

February 16, 2013            Alerus Center                                    Grand Forks, ND

February 22, 2013            First Niagara Center                       Buffalo, NY

February 23, 2013            XL Center                                            Hartford, CT

March 1, 2013                    Thompson-Boling Arena              Knoxville, TN

March 2, 2013                    Rupp Arena                                        Lexington, KY

March 17, 2013                  Reliant Stadium                               Houston, TX

March 22, 2013                  Bi-Lo Center                                       Greenville, SC

March 23, 2013                  Greensboro Coliseum                   Greensboro, NC

April 5, 2013                       The Pit                                                  Albuquerque, NM

April 6, 2013                       Pan American Center                     Las Cruces, NM

April 12, 2013                     Verizon Arena                                   Little Rock, AR

April 14, 2013                     New Orleans Arena                        New Orleans, LA

June 1, 2013                       Alamodome                                       San Antonio, TX


Tickets are available at  For the latest updates and news on the George Strait Tour, simply visit the artist’s site at

Lady Gaga Concert Tour 2013 | Lady Gaga Concert Schedule

Lady Gaga Brings Born This Way Ball to North America



That’s what Lady Gaga’s onstage performance is always about. Elaborate opening performances, different costume changes, well decorated production numbers that even involve the use of motorcycles, live horses and gigantic inflatable zip ups – are what we can expect from her shows. Since only Gaga would entertain us this much.

Only Gaga Would Entertain This Way

In her show in UK last August, the show presented an extravagant Highway Unicorn opening with Gothic castle sets and a horse styled like a unicorn. She also sang Born This Way in an enormously large inflatable zip-up vagina, Heavy Metal Lover while rolling on a motorbike and Poker Face in a meat dress while being fed on big grinder.

Only in Gaga’s shows would you find vivid storylines depicted creatively while she sings. She has been known to have blown-up narrative expositions in her musical productions. To top it all, not only her songs or costume plays gives an exhilarating spectacle but also the pop dance moves that you would never expect her to do while on a dress.

This is perhaps one of the many reasons why Gaga is sought to have Madonna’s instincts. She is thought to have Bowie’s great showmanship and young Elton John’s musical chutzpah. Plus what’s more fascinating is her growing need to overcomplicate things – which results in brilliant and euphoric performances from her. Simply put, Gaga is one of 21st century’s finest pop stars.

Born This Way Ball

Every Gaga performance brings a grand and exciting feel to the fans. It is one of a kind that is why her concerts are much-awaited for.

This year, it is great news that the pop star is already prepared to bring her concerts to US shores. Born This Way Ball will be brought in installment tour dates to North America starting on the 26th of October this year. Then, Lady Gaga will also bring her music to the US and Canada starting on January 11th next year.

As always, Lady Gaga’s performances will be extravagant – full dances, artistic musical portrayals, breath-taking stunts, costume changes and of course with songs that only Gaga can spectacularly rendered.

Here is an updated list of her concert tour dates and venues. For more information and updates, simply visit Lady Gaga’s site at

OCT 26          FORO SOL                                                    MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

OCT 30          COLISEO DE PUERTO RICO                    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO


NOV 3           ESTADIO NACIONAL                               SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

NOV 6           ESTADIO EL CAMPIN                               BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

NOV 9           PARQUE DOS ATLETAS                           RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

NOV 11         ESTADIO DO MORUMBI                         SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

NOV 13         FIERGS                                                          PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL

NOV 16         RIVER PLATE STADIUM                           BUENOS AIRES, ARG

NOV 20         ESTADIO NACIONAL                               SANTIAGO, CHILE

NOV 23         ESTADIO SAN MARCOS                          LIMA, PERU


NOV 30         FNB STADIUM                                            JOHANNESBURG, SA

DEC 3             CAPETOWN STADIUM                            CAPETOWN, SA

DEC 6             TELENOR ARENA                                      OSLO, NORWAY

DEC 9             SKK ARENA                                                 ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

DEC 12          OLIMPSKI ARENA                                     MOSCOW, RUSSIA

JAN 11          ROGERS ARENA                                        VANCOUVER, BC

JAN 12          ROGERS ARENA                                        VANCOUVER, BC

JAN 14          TACOMA DOME                                        TACOMA, WA

JAN 15          ROSE GARDEN                                           PORTLAND, OR

JAN 17          PAVILION ARENA                                     SAN JOSE, CAHP

JAN 20          STAPLES CENTER                                      LOS ANGELES, CA

JAN 21          STAPLES CENTER                                      LOS ANGELES, CA

JAN 23          AIRWAYS CENTER                                    PHOENIX, AZUS




JAN 31          TOYOTA CENTER                                       HOUSTON, TX

FEB 2             SCOTTRADE CENTER                               ST. LOUIS, MO

FEB 4             SPRINT CENTER                                         KANSAS CITY, MO

FEB 6             XCEL ENERGY CENTER                             ST. PAUL, MN

FEB 8             AIR CANADA CENTER                             TORONTO, ON

FEB 9             AIR CANADA CENTER                             TORONTO, ON

FEB 11           BELL CENTRE                                              MONTREAL, QC

FEB 13           UNITED CENTER                                        CHICAGO, IL

FEB 14           UNITED CENTER                                        CHICAGO, IL

FEB 16           PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS                   DETROIT, MI

FEB 19           WELLS FARGO CENTER                           PHILADELPHIA, PA

FEB 20           WELLS FARGO CENTER                           PHILADELPHIA, PA

FEB 22           MADISON SQUARE GARDEN                NEW YORK, NY

FEB 23           MADISON SQUARE GARDEN                NEW YORK, NY

FEB 25           VERIZON CENTER                                     WASHINGTON, D.C.

FEB 27           TD GARDEN                                                BOSTON, MA

MAR 2           BOARDWALK HALL                                  ATLANTIC CITY, NJ

MAR 6           BARCLAYS CENTER                                   BROOKLYN, NY

MAR 7           BARCLAYS CENTER                                   BROOKLYN, NY

MAR 10         BRIDGESTONE ARENA                            NASHVILLE, TN

MAR 11         PHILIPS ARENA                                         ATLANTA, GA

MAR 13         TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM                  TAMPA, FL

MAR 15         BANKATLANTIC CENTER                        FT. LAUDERDALE, FL

MAR 16         AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA               MIAMI, FL

Pink Tour 2013 The Truth About Love

2013 Pink Tour: The Truth About Love

Pink blew her one last kiss in a night graced with a giant pair of lips in MTV’s recent 2012 Video Music Awards. It was a kiss-blowing night to remember – a spectacular one last kiss that hit the billboard’s hot 200 after 12 weeks from its release!

Blow Me One Last Kiss is the lead single of the album The Truth About Love. Upon its debut in September 18, it immediately landed number 5 in the Billboard 200 charts.

Better yet, it is one success after another for Pink. Right after selling more than 280,000 in the US alone, the album hit UK’s airwaves and garnered the second top spot in the charts. It also climbed up the US Billboard 100 charts, securing the top spot for weeks. Thus, according to Entertainment Weekly, this success marked Pink’s first ever number one album since her debut as an artist.

Only recently, the pop-rock artist announced that she is set to hit both American and Canadian roads next year. This means that Pink’s last kiss is not the last after all. It will be more than just about Blow Me One Last Kiss but all concerning The Truth About Love.

Not much is given as to how the format of this kiss-blowing jaunt’s opening acts in the Pink Tour. However, with the unforgettable performance the pop-rock star did in the MTV Video Music Awards, this can be no less than an anthology of kisses and Truth About Love.

Much spectacle is also expected from this upcoming tour since it is Pink’s only live performance in significantly larger arenas since her 2009 Funhouse tour. This could be much grander than her live performance in the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

So, forget the last kiss. There’s another one coming your way since the Pink Tour is scheduled to set off starting February 13 next year. It will stop in 25 cities until almost the end of March next year.

Pink Tour tickets for certain dates are available starting September 28 at Here is a complete list of concert dates and venues in The Truth About Love 2013 Tour.

February 13, 2013            US Airways Center                                  Phoenix, AZ

February 15, 2013            Mandalay Bay Events Center              Las Vegas, NV

February 13, 2013            Staples Center                                          Los Angeles, CA

February 18, 2013            HP Pavilion                                                 San Jose, CA

February 21, 2013            Toyota Center                                           Houston, TX

February 22, 2013            American Airlines Center                    Dallas, TX

February 24, 2013            Amway Center                                          Orlando, FL

February 25, 2013            BB&T Center                                              Fort Lauderdale, FL

February 27, 2013            Tampa Bay Times Forum                      Tampa, FL

March 1, 2013                    Phillips Arena                                           Atlanta, GA

March 2, 2013                    Bridgestone Arena                                  Nashville, TN

March 5, 2013                    The Palace of Auburn Hills                  Auburn Hills, MI

March 6, 2013                    Schottenstein Center                            Columbus, OH

March 8, 2013                    KFC Yum! Center                                      Louisville, KY

March 9, 2013                    United Center                                           Chicago, IL

March 14, 2013                  Verizon Center                                         Washington, DC

March 16, 2013                  Time Warner Cable Arena                   Charlotte, NC

March 17, 2013                  Wells Fargo Center                                 Philadelphia, PA

March 19, 2013                  Xcel Energy Center                                 Saint Paul, MN

March 22, 2013                  Madison Square Garden                       New York, NY

March 23, 2013                  IZOD Center                                               East Rutherford, NJ

March 25, 2013                  Nassau Coliseum                                     Uniondale, NY

March 27, 2013                  Mohegan Sun                                            Uncasville, CT

March 28, 2013                  TD Garden                                                   Boston, MA



March 11, 2013                  Air Canada Centre                                   Toronto, ON

March 12, 2013                  Bell Centre                                                 Montréal, QC



April 17, 2013                     Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy     Paris



April 12, 2013                     The O2 Arena                                            Dublin



April 14, 2013                     Manchester Arena                                  Manchester

April 15, 2013                     Manchester Arena                                  Manchester


For more updates and further details, simply visit, Pink Tour’s official site.