Brad Paisley renames arena run "Virtual Reality World Tour"
After a holiday season epiphany, country superstar Brad Paisley has announced a new name for his impending area tour, which is now called the "Virtual Reality World Tour 2012."
Originally dubbed "The Camobunga! 2012 World Tour," Paisley's run maintains the same schedule, kicking off Jan. 12 in Grand Rapids, MI, and stopping by areas in 20 cities across the nation through early March. The outing also includes special guests The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery.
Ticketing information for most dates is available now via the award-winning singer's website.
"When you see plans and sketches on paper it's one thing but to actually see it in real life is something else, and that's what happened to me when we were in tour rehearsals," Paisley explained of the tour's name change in a press release. "When I saw the visuals and how exciting and sometimes mind-blowing they were I just felt the tour name needed to reflect what the fans were going to see. For two hours each night of the tour they can be taken away from reality -- literally."
The neo-traditionalist country artist released his ninth studio effort, the simply titled "This Is Country Music," last May. The 15-track album debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, dropping the same week as Lady Gaga's smash album, "Born This Way." The set did reach the top spot on the magazine's Top Country Albums chart.
"This Is Country Music" features an array of special guests, including Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart and Carrie Underwood. Actor/director Clint Eastwood even contributed whistling during the instrumental track named after him.
12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
13 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center
14 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
19 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
20 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Bank Arena
21 - Denver, CO - Pespi Center
26 - Boise, ID - Idaho Center
27 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
28 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
9 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
10 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena
11 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
16 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena
17 - Las Cruces, NM - Pan America Center
23 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center
24 - Moline, IL - iWireless Center
25 - Springfield, MO - JQH Arena
1 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
2 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
3 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena