After screwing with us for a few days, letting word of the upcoming Sturgill Simpson / Tyler Childers tour leak out via posters hung up at venues and other prominent places in the markets where the tour will stop, we finally have a formal revelation of the dates and locations. And like the rumors were alluding to, this will be an arena-level tour.
Undoubtedly this decision by promoters (AEG is behind the tour, not LiveNation) will lead to some griping by long-time fans who have seen both of these acts grow up from the local club level to selling out small theaters, and will now have no option except to see them in a cavernous venue. However this is also a major victory for both of these artists. Similar to topping album sales charts, or being considered for top industry awards, achieving an arena-level draw is a right of passage, and speaks to just how far music not supported by corporate radio has come.
Sturgill Simpson can say that he once was considered for the all genre Grammy Album of the Year right beside Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Adele, and won the Grammy for Best Country Album above his mainstream competition. Now he can say he’s headlined such places as Madison Square Garden, The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, The Frank Erwin Center in Austin, and the Rupp Arena in Lexington. To put this in a proper context, Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers will be playing the same exact places some of the largest acts in all of music play whenever they go on tour, country or otherwise.
And even though the situation will not be ideal for fans of intimate venues, this configuration will hopefully give plenty of ticket capacity to thirsty fans for the Sturgill Simpson / Tyler Childers show. It will also be a good test case if this combination can indeed justify an arena tour. And if so, it breaks through another important glass ceiling for independent music.
And even though some country fans will complain about having to sit through Sturgill Simpson’s noise rock, if you’re skeptical of the efficacy of Sturgill’s new record (as Saving Country Music was), you should still giving it a chance. Sturgill Simpson has said specifically stated that he recorded Sound & Fury to be played live, and the reviews of the smattering of teaser club shows he played in late September and early October have all been positive, including some such as the Washington Post praising the live show, while still being very critical of the record itself.
Either way, Sturgill Simpson is now an arena act, and so is Tyler Childers by association. For years fans have been salivating for a package show like this, and now its here. And the people behind the scenes believe its worthy of of the arena level. It will be interesting to see how all of this goes.
Tickets for “A Good Look’n Tour” will go on sale November 8th at 10:00 a.m. local time.
February 21 — Birmingham, Alabama – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
February 22 — Asheville, North Carolina – US Cellular Center
February 25 — Knoxville, Tennessee – Knoxville Civic Coliseum
February 28 — Lexington, Kentucky – Rupp Arena
February 29 — Detroit, Michigan – Masonic Temple Theatre
March 4 — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Peterson Events Center
March 6 — Charlotte, North Carolina – Spectrum Center
March 7 — Duluth, Georgia – Infinite Energy Center
March 10 — North Charleston, South Carolina – North Charleston Coliseum
March 13 — Hampton, Virginia – Hampton Coliseum
March 14 — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Met Philadelphia
March 15-16 — Washington, D.C. – Anthem
March 18 — Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Coca-Cola Coliseum
March 20 — Columbus, Ohio – Nationwide Arena
March 21 — St. Louis, Missouri – Chaifetz Arena
March 22 — Southaven, Mississippi – Landers Center
March 27 — Dallas, Texas – American Airlines Center
March 28 — Austin, Texas – Frank Erwin Center
March 29 — Sugarland, Texas – Smart Financial Centre
April 1 — Independence, Missouri – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
April 3 — Chicago, Illinois – United Center
April 4 — Minneapolis, Minnesota – Armory
April 9 — Omaha, Nebraska – Baxter Arena
April 10 — Madison, Wisconsin – Alliant Energy Center
April 23 — Tulsa, Oklahoma – BOK Center
April 25 — Denver, Colorado – Pepsi Center
April 28 — Salt Lake City, Utah – Maverik Center
April 29 — Missoula, Montana – Adams Center
May 1 — Portland, Oregon – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
May 2 — George, Washington – Gorge Amphitheatre
May 5 — San Francisco, California – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
May 8 — Inglewood, California – The Forum
May 15 — Boston, Massachusetts – TD Garden
May 16 — New York City – Madison Square Garden
May 22 — Nashville, Tennessee – Bridgestone Arena
May 24 — Louisville, Kentucky – KFC Yum! Center