Luke Bryan held a press conference this morning in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena with Live Nation concert promoter Brian O’Connell to announce the That’s My Kind Of Night 2014 Tour, with supporting acts Lee Brice and Cole Swindell.
“Cole is a dear friend of mine from many years ago that actually sold t shirts for me for 3 years,” said Luke. “We’re so excited to have Cole out on tour. And Lee Brice is just somebody that I respect. And amazing artist and incredible vocalist. It’s going to be an amazing year out there.”
This is Luke’s first-ever tour to include stadiums. The stadium dates are: June 21 in Pittsburgh, Penn. at Heinz Field; Lincoln Financial Field on August 15 in Philadelphia, Penn. and on August 31 in Chicago, Ill. at Soldier Field. The tour’s second leg will launch on May 3 in Vancouver, BC at Rogers Arena and will run through October.
“It’s kind of hard for me not to get emotional about what we’re fixing to announce,” said Luke before the stadium dates were revealed. “When I moved to Nashville I had dreams of becoming where I’m at. When I see artists like George Strait and Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks and all of the artists that have paved the way for guys like me to dream and pick certain venues to take it to the next level…we’ve got some interesting venues to take it to the next level.”
When Heinz Field was announced, Luke said, “Baby we’re going to the home of the Steelers. Get your Terrible Towels out! And we’ve got one of my best friends – one of the best people in this whole wide world – we’re gonna add Dierks Bentley to be a part of that night with us. I called Dierks about it and he was like, ‘Heck yeah!’ We’re excited about it. I got to open for Kenny [Chesney] at Heinz Field just a few years ago.”
Regarding playing in Philadelphia, Luke exclaimed, “Philly, baby! We’ll be eating cheese steaks. What an amazing opportunity to play in such a passionate city. Watching you guys be so passionate about my music – Philly was at the top of our list when we started planning stadiums and we’re excited about being there. Cole and Lee will be on the show but we’re gonna throw some surprises in. Philly, we love you!”
Luke was equally excited when O’Connell revealed the Chicago date. “Soldier Field, baby! Chi-Town. To be on the shores of Lake Michigan playing at one of the most iconic sports venues in the world, to be bringing my music there for the great people of Chicago, what a dream come true. Dierks will be on that show, and Lee and Cole. We’re pretty fired up.”
Some of the tour stops will involve two-night stands. “It’s amazing to roll into these cities,” said Luke. “It’s a testament to the fans. It’s fun rollin’ in, doing the show and going riding around the cities and eating some of the local fare. We can sit back and enjoy and be rested and ready for a second show.”
Luke ended the announcement with a special message for his fans. “The beauty of this career is, you guys keep allowing my years to get better and better,” he said. “You guys made this morning possible and it is my privilege to take this show out on the road. It wouldn’t be possible without you and I’m going to give it my all every night. Love you guys and see you in 2014!”
Following the press conference, Luke answered questions from the press. Want to know what he said? Check back this week for our two-part Q&A with Luke!