Carrie Underwood Launches Fall Leg of “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round”, Billboard’s #1 Country Tour
NASHVILLE, Tenn – (August 30, 2016) – Seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist, Carrie Underwood, will launch the fall leg of “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round,” the biggest tour of her career, tomorrow night in Anchorage, Alaska. Billboard ranked the tour the #1 country tour for the first half of 2016.
The fall tour dates of “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round” begins with Carrie’s inaugural performance in Alaska tomorrow night, and will include stops at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN a nd Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. When the tour wraps at the end of November she will have played 82 arenas on tour. In December Carrie will join Keith Urban on the Australian and New Zealand leg of his “ripCORD World Tour 2016.”
During the first half of 2016 “The Storyteller Tour” rolled in to 47 cities as well as seven different countries, playing to nearly 600,000 people since the tour launched January 30 in Jacksonville, FL. The dramatic in-the-round stage production has been seen by 360-degree sell-out arena crowds across North America in cities such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, St. Louis, Denver, Phoenix, San Antonio, Houston, Chicago, Toronto to name just a few. The tour crossed from one coast to the other coast and cities in between as well as traveling overseas to play in Sweden, Norway, Scotland, England, and Ireland as part of Country to Country (C2C), Europe’s biggest country music festival.
“The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round,” one of her most spectacular concert tours to date, has caught the attention of fans and music critics alike because of the stand-out performances and the dynamic production.
The show “is a no-expense-spared spectacle that highlights her approachable beauty, her roar of a voice and a substantive set of songs that have commanded the charts since her ‘American Idol’ victory a long decade ago.” Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“The most stunning part of the production however, remains Underwood’s voice, strong and nuanced.” The Boston Globe
“Lasers and swaying spotlights and fireworks and explosions all added to the spectacle. But make no mistake, Underwood was the star of the show.” - Florida Times-Union
The 2016 tour is in support of Carrie’s Gold-certified Storyteller album, which made a historic debut in October 2015 when she became the only artist in the chart’s 51-year history to have each of her first six albums to enter the chart at #1. The album has produced three #1 singles so far with “Smoke Break,” “Heartbeat” and “Church Bells” with it’s fourth single, “Dirty Laundry,” currently climbing the charts.
A donation of $1 from each ticket sold on the U.S. dates of “The Storyteller Tour” will be contributed to the C.A.T.S Foundation to help aid its causes including Checotah, Oklahoma’s education and literacy programs. Established in 2009, the C.A.T.S. (Checotah Animal, Town, and School) Foundation helps with general causes, needs, and services in the area of Checotah, Oklahoma, Carrie’s hometown, to directly impact the community.
The North American tour, with the exception of Anchorage, is promoted by AEG Live and includes special guests Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers. For information on fan club and VIP packages go to www.carrieunderwood.fm.
The Storyteller Tour fall dates:
Alaska Airlines Center
Taco Bell Arena
KeyArena at Seattle Center
San Jose, CA
SAP Center at San Jose
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Valley View Casino Center
American Airlines Center
Colonial Life Arena
Dunkin' Donuts Center
Verizon Wireless Arena
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
BMO Harris Bradley Center
Des Moines, IA
Wells Fargo Arena
Sioux Falls, SD
Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Wi nnipeg, MB
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center
U.S. Bank Arena
John Paul Jones Arena
Time Warner Cable Arena
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Times Union Center
Mohegan Sun Arena
BMO Harris Bank Center
Legacy Arena at The BJCC
INTRUST Bank Arena
Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Las Vegas, NV
West Valley City, UT
ripCORD World Tour 2016 New Zealand & Australia tour dates:
Rod Laver Arena
Rod Laver Arena
Qudos Bank Arena
ICC Sydney Theatre
Each of Carrie’s three previous headline arena tours, 2008’s Carnival Ride Tour, the Play On Tour in 2010, and 2012-2013’s Blown Away Tour played for over one million fans. When the Blown Away Tour wrapped in 2013, Carrie had performed 112 shows in 110 cities across three continents and six countries, including sold-out shows at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, and two nights at th e Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
About Carrie Underwood: Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed ov er 100 major honors, sold 58 million records worldwide, and recorded 24 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 1.9 billion times worldwide. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her first four studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied an incredible 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In 2013, Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. In December of 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Billboard’s best-selling hits album of 2015, the chart-topping package was certified Platinum in January of 2016, making Underwood the only country artist – and one of only six all-genre artists – to launch an album to Platinum success since the time of its release in December of 2014. Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the collection’s 25 songs included two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the Gold-certified “Little Toy Guns.” This year, she will begin her fourth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and return for a ninth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. Underwood’s chart-topping, Gold-certified fifth studio album, Storyteller, has produced three #1 singles with “Smoke Break,” “Heartbeat,” and “Church Bells.”
About AEG Live: AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Ed Sheeran, Enrique Iglesias, George Strait, Hunter Hay es, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company operates The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and produces residency shows there including Celine Dion, Jerry Seinfeld, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Reba, Brooks & Dunn (opening June 17); is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas; and produces limited-engagement performances at The Venetian Theatre including Diana Ross in April. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com.
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