INFORMATION FOR RELEASE:
March 22, 2010
THE BRAD PAISLEY H2O WORLD TOUR
Announced Today On World Water Day
Includes Fun-Filled "Water World Plaza"
Sponsored by Sea Ray Boats and Skinny Water
Special Guests include Darius Rucker, Justin Moore
Also appearing Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia and Josh Thompson
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Brad Paisley announced the first leg of his highly anticipated 2010 tour, H2O World Tour presented by Chevy, today on World Water Day - a day to draw attention to the 1 out of 5 people around the world who lack access to safe drinking water. Paisley is proud to partner with Hope Through Healing Hands' campaign for clean, safe water. With donations made to the campaign at each tour stop HTHH will be digging wells and purifying water in America and around the world.
H2O World Tour will hit more than 75 cities in the United States, Canada and Europe over the next 12 months. Chevy is title sponsor for the tour. Special guests will be Darius Rucker and Justin Moore. Appropriately, Paisley's current single is "Water," from his American Saturday Night album.
H2O World Tour will include a "Water World Plaza," sponsored by Sea Ray Boats and Skinny Water, and will turn every city into a water festival. Focal point in the Plaza area will be the "Water World Plaza Stage" featuring emerging new stars Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia and Josh Thompson. The tour extravaganza will open each day at 4:00pm with music starting at 5:00pm. In addition to the music stage there will be multiple water-themed activities - including a Chevy H2O FLW fishing simulator, dunking booth, Hope Through Healing Hands' campaign booth, and more.
Chevy will be providing a Corvette driving simulator for concert goers to test the latest Corvette ZR1 series as well as their individual driving and racing skills against Paisley himself. "If they can beat me, they can meet me," laughs Paisley.
"I've never been this excited about a tour," continues Paisley. "After one of the worst winters I can remember, we're going to make up for it this summer."
The tour will kick off May 21-22 in Virginia Beach, VA and Washington, DC. Live Nation is the national tour promoter. Tickets went on sale March 12 at LiveNation.com.
"Brad has always considered the fans first and foremost when planning a tour, and the H2O Tour is no exception. Brad's vision was to have a full day of activity at each of the shows, and also provide a great value for the fan's dollar," says Brian O'Connell, President, Nashville Touring, for Live Nation. "Introducing Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia, and Josh Thompson to the tour on the "Water World Plaza Stage," and Darius Rucker and Justin Moore sharing the Main Stage continues Brad's commitment to bring the hottest acts in Country Music to enhance his spectacular show, and deliver value to the fans each and every night. The H2O tour will prove to be the kick off to a great fun- filled summer!"
Country music superstar Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, which has earned him three GRAMMY's, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards and 13 Country Music Association Awards. Paisley has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums and has accumulated sales of over 10 million units. His most recent album, American Saturday Night, was ranked as TIME magazine's 2009 #1 album of the year in any genre of music. Paisley's most recent #1 single, "American Saturday Night," was his 16th #1 - the last 12 consecutive. Paisley's innovative and entertaining tours have consistently placed in the Top 5 in Pollstar for attendance and his 2009 American Saturday Night tour played to nearly 1.2 million fans in 8 months. Currently Paisley is nominated for four ACM Awards - Entertainer, Male, Album (American Saturday Night) and Video ("Welcome to the Future").
About Darius Rucker:
Darius Rucker signed with Capitol Records Nashville in 2007 and has since been embraced by the country music community with his chart-topping 2008 debut, Learn to Live - an album that has produced three consecutive No. 1 singles and latest Top 5 smash, "History In The Making." Rucker's transition has been highly praised, with The New York Times proclaiming he has "one of the year's most vibrant country albums." Rucker's success in the country music format was recently recognized at the 43rd Annual CMA Awards when he received the Top New Artist title and again with an ACM Award nomination in the Top Male Vocalist of the Year category. Rucker is currently in the studio working on his follow-up to Live. For more information, please visit www.dariusrucker.com.
About Justin Moore:
Lauded as Billboard's "New Country Artist of 2009," Moore was the only new Country artist last year to earn #1 single status (for his hometown anthem "Small Town USA"). The success of "Small Town USA" made the Arkansas native the first solo artist to have a song from his/her debut album go to #1 since Taylor Swift's "Our Song" (from her Big Machine Records self-titled release) in December 2007. The hit has sold over a half million downloads to-date. Moore's follow-up single, "Backwoods," is currently a Top 15 hit and rising. Moore's self-titled album, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200's Top 10, was recognized as one of the best albums of 2009 in The New York Times' "The Year in the Arts" list by music critic Jon Caramanica. For more information, visit: www.moorejustinmusic.com or www.myspace.com/moorejustinmusic
About Easton Corbin:
Recognized for the current #1 hit "A Little More Country Than That", newcomer Easton Corbin holds the title for the highest-charting male debut single for 2009 and 2010. People magazine awarded his self-titled debut album three out of four stars and claims it "sounds like the second coming of George Strait." Others agree. Billboard boasts "Taking a page from the Strait playbook, Corbin displays excellent song sense while offering an easygoing vocal style."; Newsday proclaims "Corbin may just be one of the year's breakout stars." And American Songwriter says "Easton has one of those rare, glorious voices that was made - just made - for singing country music." Easton wrote four songs for the record, which debuted as the #2 top-selling record on iTunes' Top Country Albums chart, as well as the #5 Top Album on the all-genre chart. Visit www.eastoncorbin.com or www.umgnashville.com to learn more about the Florida native.
About Steel Magnolia:
CMT's Can You Duet? Season 2 winners Steel Magnolia (Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones) captivated America with their dynamic harmonies and musicianship that is one part Country and two parts Southern Soul. Their win landed them a record deal with Big Machine Records - the home of Taylor Swift. Since their win, Meghan and Joshua's debut single, "Keep On Lovin' You," has skyrocketed into the Top 15 on the Billboard Country Songs Chart and landed on the Valentine's Day Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Steel Magnolia are 2010 Academy of Country Music Award Nominees for Top Vocal Duo and Top New Vocal Duo. For more information on Steel Magnolia visit: www.bigmachinerecords.com/steelmagnolia.com or www.myspace.com/steelmagnoliamusic.com
About Josh Thompson:
Columbia Nashville recording artist Josh Thompson burst into the country music scene this year with his debut hit, "Beer On The Table," a down-to-earth anthem about working hard to party hard. A native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Josh began pouring concrete with his father at the age of 12, giving him first hand insight about the trials of hard-working people everywhere. His debut album, Way Out Here, was produced by Michael Knox (Jason Aldean), and features 10 songs solely written or co-written by Josh. Way Out Here has drawn praise from countless critics, including NPR Fresh Air's Ken Tucker and Billboard's Wade Jessen as well as People Magazine, Country Weekly, AOL's The Boot, CMT.com and others. For more info, check out www.joshthompsonofficial.com.
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About Sea Ray Boats:
Founded in 1959, Sea Ray Boats is the world's largest manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats. Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. With more than 40 models ranging from 17 to 61 feet, Sea Ray makes a boat for every lifestyle - each built with a unique commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and excellence throughout. Additional information about Sea Ray is available at searay.com.
About Skinny Nutritional Corp.:
Headquartered in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., Skinny Nutritional Corp., the creators of Skinny WaterR, a zero-calorie, zero-sugar, zero-sodium and zero-preservative enhanced water. Skinny Water comes in six great tasting flavors that include Acai Grape Blueberry, Goji Fruit Punch, Peach Mango Mandarin, Raspberry Pomegranate, Orange Cranberry Tangerine and Lemonade Passionfruit. Skinny Nutritional Corp. also expects to launch additional branded products, including Skinny SportR, and other Skinny branded beverages. For more information, visit www.SkinnyWater.com.
About Hope Through Healing Hands:
Hope Through Healing Hands is a Nashville-based 501(c) (3) that promotes improved quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. HTHH supports health students and residents to do service and training in underserved clinics around the world. For more information, go to www.hopethroughhealinghands.org.
H2O World Tour dates:
May 21 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 22 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
May 28 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
May 29 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 4 Toledo, OH Lucas County Arena
June 5 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 6 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Pavilion
June 11 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 12 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
June 18 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
June 19 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
June 23 London, England * Shepherds Bush Empire
June 24 London, England * Shepherds Bush Empire
June 25 Oslo, Norway * Notodden Music Festival
July 16 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 17 Moline, IL iWireless Center
July 22 Toronto, ONT Molson Ampitheatre
July 23 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
July 24 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 25 Harrington, DE* Delaware State Fair
August 5 Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena
August 6 Houston, TX Woodlands Pavilion
August 7 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
August 12 Daytona Beach, F Ocean Center
August 13 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
August 14 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 21 Boston, MA* Gillette Stadium
August 27 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 28 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Pavilion
September 9 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
September 10 Portland, OR The Amphitheatre at Clark County
September 11 Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
September 15 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 17 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
September 18 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
September 19 Albuquerque, NM The Pavilion
September 23 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena
September 24 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
September 25 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
* Paisley only shows.
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