2022 has seen country artists making their return to stadiums and arenas following a lengthy tour hiatus due to the ongoing Global Health Crisis. But, there is a whole new downside to traveling despite a slowdown in illnesses – a rise in gas prices.
Luckily for country superstar Jason Aldean, he says he hasn’t felt the effects of the surging gas prices. Aldean, who is gearing up to take the road for his headlining Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour, also says he doesn’t anticipate the increase in fuel prices will have any influence on his forthcoming trek. So fans who have already purchased a ticket to his shows can rest assured that the price hike in gas won’t throw a wrench in their concert plans. Likewise, it won’t have Aldean making adjustments to his tour schedule.
“Well obviously it’s a trickle-down effect and it really hasn’t affected us that much. I mean, we’re going to do what we do,” Aldean recently told Music Mayhem of the fuel costs.
Although Aldean isn’t feeling his pockets emptying, he says that might not to be the case for some of his country cohorts. With gas prices skyrocketing across the country, up-and-coming artists will likely be heading to the pumps more often.
“For some of the newer artists, I feel like it’s a little tougher for them because obviously it’s a big difference when you’re filling up buses,” Aldean explained. “I mean, I think we’re carrying probably nine or 10 buses and probably 12 or 15 trucks, semis. So I mean, that’s a lot. That’s a big difference and it’s really probably a lot more unfortunate for newer acts that are out there and trying to really break in the game a little bit.”
“I don’t know. I mean, you may see some spike in ticket prices and some of those things, I think that’s going to be on an individual basis, though. So we’ll kind of see what happens, but it doesn’t really affect our plans at the moment,” he added.
Will Jason Aldean Be Bringing His Kids On The Road?
With a busy tour schedule on the horizon, Aldean will have to make some adjustments, however, that are unrelated to gas prices. And that’s finding new ways to carve out time with his family. The country crooner, who shares a son Memphis, and a daughter, Navy Rome, with wife Brittany Aldean, and also has two girls, Keeley and Kendyl, from a previous marriage, did say he might have the crew in tow for some of his upcoming tour dates.
However, that decision is ultimately up to Brittany.
“I kind of leave that up to my wife,” he shared. “A lot of times, the way we do it is one week I’ll go out by myself, and she’ll stay home with the kids, the next weekend she’ll come out with me, just me and her and then the third weekend, they’ll all come out. So the two young ones, they tend to get a little bored on the bus after a couple of days so we try not to have them out there and wear them out on the bus, but I definitely like having them out at least once or twice a month, just so I don’t have to be away from them for that long and also they can kind of see some shows and all those kinds of things. So it’s kind of hit or miss, but I kind of leave that up to Brit.”
Jason Aldean’s Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour Kicks Off This Summer
Aldean’s Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour, named after a track on his recently released 30-track double album, Macon, Georgia, will begin on July 15 with a show in Scranton, PA.
“I’m ready to get back out and feel the nights come alive,” Aldean recently shared. “We are already thinking about the set list… there will be some songs off the new record like ‘Rock And Roll Cowboy,’ which felt like a great tour name because it’s all about knowing you belong on the road.”
The 34-city trek, which features direct support from Gabby Barrett and openers John Morgan and Dee Jay Silver, will make stops in Bristow, VA, Dallas, TX, New Orleans, LA, and Nashville, TN, before wrapping on October 29.