Living legend Alan Jackson, who has sold 60 million albums worldwide and written or co-written 24 of his 35 No. 1 hits, is embarking on his 25th anniversary tour next year, to celebrate his long, impressive legacy. The two-time Grammy winner kick off this new venture Jan. 8 and continue his trek to May 17. ""I've been touring so long, I didn't want people to be thinking, 'Gosh, here comes Alan Jackson again,'" the singer shares (exclusively) to People. "I have fans who have been coming to my shows for 25 years, I meet them and they'll pull out a picture they took of me 25 years ago! This is a way to make it new – put together something special that pulls together those 25 years. Some people don't like to talk about how many years they've been around – it makes them feel old. I'm proud of it and glad to do it."
Newcomers Brandy Clark and Jon Pardi will be his special guest performers.
Recently, Jackson cut the ribbon on an exhibit in downtown Nashville at Country Music Hall of Fame, appropriately called Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country. Additionally, he is expected to drop a new album (of all new material) in early 2015, to coincide with the new tour. "Once your career takes off, if you're lucky like I was, it just feels like it goes from nothing to everything overnight," he said. "It goes so fast, it's hard to absorb it all, to even appreciate it as much as you should while it's happening. Golly, I've played for four presidents and been to just about everywhere in the world, I've played in crummy little bars and big arenas and everything in between. I've been lucky to have a career that has lasted that long."
The 2015 tour dates and cities are as follows:
January 8, 2015 Fort Myers, FL Germain Arena
January 9, 2015 Tampa, FL USF Sun Dome
February 20, 2015 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
February 21, 2015 Laughlin, NV Laughlin Events Center
February 27, 2015 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre (LA Live)
February 28, 2015 Phoenix, AZ AK-Chin Pavilion
March 6, 2015 Dallas, TX Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
March 27, 2015 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena
March 28, 2015 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
April 9, 2015 Wilmington, NC North Carolina Azalea Festival
April 17, 2015 Kansas City, MO Independence Events Center
April 18, 2015 Enid, OK Enid Events Center
April 24, 2015 Roanoke, VA Civic Center Auditorium
May 1, 2015 Sioux City, IA Tyson Events Center
May 2, 2015 Brookings, SD Swiftel Center
May 8, 2015 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
May 9, 2015 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Coliseum
May 16, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
May 17, 2015 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
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