Morgan Wallen tearfully thanked his fans for their support and for making him feel comfortable on stage.
During a recent concert at Simmons Bank Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas, which marked Wallen’s career first headlining arena concert, the country hitmaker became overcome with emotion before performing his chart-topping hit, “Chasin’ You.”
In a clip shared by a fan, Wallen is seen expressing how grateful he is for his fans and their longstanding support, while having to pause as he began to cry happy tears. As the East Tennessee native stepped away from the microphone to wipe away tears for a few moments, the fans cheered him on with a roaring applause.
“I know that y’all are going to sing every damn word and I don’t know it makes me feel comfortable. It really makes me appreciate you guys. I know it’s been a weird, weird past couple years for everybody, not just for me but for everyone. It’s been weird as hell. I know a lot of y’all have stood up for me……” Wallen said as he became overcome with emotion. “And y’all didn’t have to do that. So, thank you.”
Earlier in the show, Wallen expressed how special the show was, being his first-ever arena headliner.
“This is my first-time ever headlining an arena, so it’s a special one for me,” Wallen told the capacity crowd with a big smile on his face.
“This whole journey has been really special for us, and it’s just nice to see so many people in the seats tonight,” Wallen added. “I remember the first show me and my band ever played together, there was about three people in there, and I was singing cover songs…”
Prior to Wallen’s performance, he was given a special plaque commemorating his two sold-out shows at the Simmons Bank Arena, which hosted over 28,000 fans, who were lucky enough to score a ticket.
After announcing his massive 46+ date headlining arena tour, dubbed The Dangerous Tour, which sold-out so fast that he added several extra dates. Upon hearing the news, Wallen took to his Instagram stories to let fans know that their response to his arena shows has been “mind-blowing” and he can’t express enough how much he appreciated their support.
Wallen previously said, “And you know, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I would not trade my fan base for anyone’s. You guys have been so good to me and continue to be so good to me and I can’t wait to get out there and see you and have a good time with y’all. I appreciate it, and we’ll see you soon!”
Larry Fleet and HARDY will join Wallen on The Dangerous Tour, which is set to kick off in Evansville, Indiana on February 3, 2022. The tour will make stops throughout the U.S. through August 2022 and will include stops at venues such as Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The just-announced arena tour marks Wallen’s first official headlining tour since 2020s Whiskey Glasses Roadshow.
In addition to several previously announced arena shows and the just-announced headlining trek, Wallen is set to headline various festivals throughout the United States in 2022, including Country Thunder in Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida and more.
In a recent report issued by Pollstar, Wallen was ranked just below The Rolling Stones, who came in first in ticket sales. Pollstar’s LIVE75 chart categories worldwide active tours by average tickets sold for reported shows played over the last 30 days. Most recently, the platform revised chart eligibility to incorporate concerts that took place within the previous 60 days.
The Rolling Stones is currently in the midst of their stadium tour and have scored the number one spot on the chart with just over 43,000 average tickets sold. Following the iconic band is Morgan Wallen, with 27,645 tickets sold. Despite the scandal, Wallen is still the top-selling country act on the prestigious list.
Following closely behind is Eric Church in third place, with an average of 15,633 tickets sold for his Gather Again Tour. Earning the fourth spot is Luke Combs with 14,431, beating out the beloved Jonas Brothers with 13,567 tickets sold.
While Church and Combs scored just below the rising star, fans should keep in mind that he played outdoor venues with larger capacities. Although the rapid ticket sales for his upcoming arena 2022 tour, just proves that Wallen can only go up from here.
For a full list of Wallen’s upcoming tour dates visit www.MorganWallen.com.