can't wait for the comeback tour
When Brooks & Dunn announced Aug. 10 that they were calling it quits, they promised to make one final tour to tell their fans goodbye.
Set to begin April 23 in Sacramento, the Last Rodeo tour will come to a halt almost exactly one year after they told fans they were leaving. The final date on the 47-city itinerary takes place Aug. 8 in Chicago.
The duo goes out on a high note. They’ve won 19 Country Music Association awards during their career, second only to George Strait, and “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” is in the running for a Grammy. They recently earned a hit with “Honky Tonk Stomp,” featuring ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.
But material has always been a point of contention for Brooks & Dunn. That process helped them decide it was time to pack it in.
“We definitely have to go back and forth with songs,” Kix Brooks told USA Today. “That’s always a challenge where you’re having to compromise. There have always been hurt feelings. There have always been opinions.”
After going over potential songs earlier this year, Ronnie Dunn told Kix he was tired of that grind and didn’t want to have to go through the compromises anymore. Kix didn’t disagree about breaking up, but he immediately decided he wanted to hit the road one more time with his longtime musical partner.
“I was willing to walk out and never look back,” said Ronnie, who eventually agreed with Kix about the final tour romp. “Sometimes, I work a little more from emotion than I do from rational thought.”
Jason Aldean has signed on as the opener for the first part of the tour. Gary Allan is on tap as the warm-up act beginning mid June.
The end date for the tour might still change. Brooks & Dunn’s slate doesn’t yet have Nashville on the schedule, though they promise they’ll play Music City one more time before it’s all done.