Late last week, the Texas Rangers informed everyone that they would soon announce another major concert to help say farewell to the Ballpark in Arlington, the club's home since 1994.
With upcoming concerts from iconic artists including former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney in June and an October date for legendary piano man Billy Joel, it's understandable to say expectations were high for the announcement made on Monday inside the Texas Live complex next door to the Ballpark.
Depending on just how high your expectations were, today's news that modern country star Jason Aldean will help say goodbye to the stadium on Friday, Oct. 11, might have felt a bit less-than-legendary. But in all fairness, there aren't that many artists out there on the touring circuit who could stack up favorably to one of the last two living Beatles and the singer who seems to make a habit of performing in packed baseball stadiums.
What Aldean may lack in terms of sheer historical significance next to McCartney and Joel is somewhat made up for in the fact he's as powerful of a commercial country music star as there has been for the better part of a decade now. Although no one will confuse his Red Bull-infused brand of bro-country with another country music stadium filler like Lone Star icon George Strait, Aldean's proven he can hold his own when it comes to putting fans in the stands, no matter how large the place may be.
As a three-time winner of the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year award, Aldean has piled up 22 no. 1 country hits and seen his past four full-length albums top the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart. And though we find much of his catalog to be filled with formulaic, interchangeable Def Leppard rejects barely disguised as country music, there are a couple of recent tunes we like.
In 2016's lonesome anthem "Any Ol' Barstool," and again last year with "Drowns the Whiskey," an emotional duet with Texas-native Miranda Lambert, Aldean keeps things very country by numbing heartache with a bit of the hard stuff in a really relatable way.
Kane Brown and Carly Pearce join Aldean on this stop of the Georgia native's Ride All Night Tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. through livenation.com.