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Dec 7

Brooks & Dunn’s Long Goodbye Takes a Full Year

Brooks & Dunn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Brooks & Dunn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

When Brooks & Dunn announced Aug. 10 that they were calling it quits, they promised to make one final tour to tell their fans goodbye.

Set to begin April 23 in Sacramento, the Last Rodeo Tour will come to a halt almost exactly one year after they told fans they were leaving. The final date on the 47-city itinerary takes place Aug. 8 in Chicago.

The duo goes out on a high note. They’ve won 19 Country Music Association awards during their career, second only to George Strait, and “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” is in the running for a Grammy. They recently earned a hit with “Honky Tonk Stomp,” featuring ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.

But material has always been a point of contention for Brooks & Dunn. That process helped them decide it was time to pack it in.

“We definitely have to go back and forth with songs,” Kix Brooks told USA Today. “That’s always a challenge where you’re having to compromise. There have always been hurt feelings. There have always been opinions.”

After going over potential songs earlier this year, Ronnie Dunn told Kix he was tired of that grind and didn’t want to have to go through the compromises anymore. Kix didn’t disagree about breaking up, but he immediately decided he wanted to hit the road one more time with his longtime musical partner.

“I was willing to walk out and never look back,” said Ronnie, who eventually agreed with Kix about the final tour romp. “Sometimes, I work a little more from emotion than I do from rational thought.”

Jason Aldean has signed on as the opener for the first part of the tour. Gary Allan is on tap as the warm-up act beginning mid June.

The end date for the tour might still change. Brooks & Dunn’s slate doesn’t yet have Nashville on the schedule, though they promise they’ll play Music City one more time before it’s all done.

Following are announced dates for Brooks & Dunn’s Last Rodeo:

• April 23 Sacramento, Calif.
• April 24 Mountain View, Calif.
• April 25 Indio, Calif.
• April 30 Spokane, Wash.
• May 1 Tacoma, Wash.
• May 2 Vancouver, Wash.
• May 4 Calgary, Alberta
• May 5 Edmonton, Alberta
• May 6 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
• May 14 St Paul, Minn.
• May 15 Bloomington, Ill.
• May 16 Columbus, Ohio
• May 21 Phoenix, Ariz.
• May 22 Albuquerque, N.M.
• May 27 Wichita, Kan.
• May 28 Tulsa, Okla.
• May 29 Dallas, Texas
• May 30 Baton Rouge, La.
• June 3 Charleston, W.Va.
• June 4 Charlotte, N.C.
• June 5 Raleigh, N.C.
• June 11 Tampa, Fla.
• June 12 West Palm Beach, Fla.
• June 13 Jacksonville, Flla.
• June 17 Hershey, Pa.
• June 18 Virginia Beach, Va.
• June 19 Washington, D.C.
• June 25 Hartford, Conn.
• June 26 Boston, Mass.
• June 27 Bethel, N.Y.
• June 29 Milwaukee, Wis.
• July 2 Dauphin, Manitoba
• July 8 Fort Loramie, Ohio
• July 9 Cleveland, Ohio
• July 10 Darien Lakes, N.Y.
• July 15 Atlanta, Ga.
• July 16 Indianapolis, Ind.
• July 17 St Clairsville, Ohio
• July 18 Cincinnati, Ohio
• July 23 Minot, N.D.
• July 24 Cheyenne, Wyo.
• July 25 Omaha, Neb.
• July 29 Detroit, Mich.
• July 30 Pittsburgh, Pa.
• August 6 Kansas City, Kan.
• August 7 St Louis, Mo.
• August 8 Chicago, Ill.

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