“The Format Superstar” (Entertainment Weekly) Amplifies First Leg with
Special Guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi
Nashville's Bridgestone Arena Scheduled For Opening Weekend
Nashville, TN - Oct. 3, 2016 - “Notorious road warrior” (Rolling Stone) Dierks Bentley released details today for his 2017 WHAT THE HELL WORLD TOUR launching Jan. 19 in Dayton, OH. Known for having “always been one of Country’s most engaging performers” (Hartford Courant), Bentley will take the the first leg to 23 cities through April in both the US and Canada, making a notable stop its first weekend with a career-first for Bentley - headlining Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 21. Special guests Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi will round out the full-throttle weekend party. Pre-sale tickets for select dates including Nashville go on sale tomorrow (10/4), with the first public on-sales scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 7 at www.dierks.com and www.livenation.com.
"Coming off the electricity and emotion of two nights at Red Rocks last week, it felt right to just go ahead and announce plans for next year and keep this thing rolling,” shared Bentley. "There’s a song on my album called ‘What The Hell Did I Say’ and it seemed like an appropriate title for a tour with Cole and Pardi. I have a feeling I'll be asking myself that question the morning after many of our shows and late night hangs because you really don’t know what will happen when the three of us get together. There has been a lot of drunk calls and texts between all of us over the last year trying to make this tour happen, and I’m excited we were able to pull it off.”
Since moving from Phoenix to Nashville, Bentley has established his own artistic trail in Country music. Instead of rehashing proven formulas, he’s doggedly reinvented his sound and subsequently developed an uncommon mix of commercial success and critical respect. Known for “traveling his own path...Country music’s most relatable star" (Esquire)recently released his eight studio album BLACK, which ranks as the best selling release of Bentley's career, after debuting at the No. one position on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart and Top Country Albums chart. The critically-acclaimed album has already spawned the PLATINUM certified chart-topping hit “Somewhere On A Beach” and GOLD “Different For Girls” featuring Elle King. Bentley has now amassed 15 No. one songs, 13 GRAMMY nominations and is currently a top CMA nominee with four total nods including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of The Year, Vocal Event of the Year and Video of the Year categories. "The bluegrass picker, the love song singer and the stadium rocker all packaged together” (Associated Press) has been a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade and is currently set to head into the second leg of his headlining 2016 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH TOUR on October 13.