Hank Jr., Skynyrd Getting Rowdy On Spring Tour
Hank Williams Jr., and Lynyrd Skynyrd will co-headline the Rowdy Frynds arena tour, Billboard.com has learned. The initial run of shows includes 20 dates, beginning April 11 at the VBCC Arena in HuntsHank Williams Jr., and Lynyrd Skynyrd will co-headline the Rowdy Frynds arena tour, Billboard.com has learned. The initial run of shows includes 20 dates, beginning April 11 at the VBCC Arena in Huntsville, Ala. Other markets include Tampa, Fla., Indianapolis, Baltimore, Nashville, Detroit, Minneapolis, New Orleans and Atlanta.
Tickets begin going on sale Feb. 10. 38 Special will open the first 10 shows, and Chris Janson will open the second 10. Williams and Skynyrd will inaugurate their paring via performances on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS on Sunday and Monday nights.
The two artists teamed up for a brief but successful run several years ago, and Williams' appearance on the "VH1 Classics" show with Skynyrd last summer revived their synergy. "When Hank and Skynyrd got back together again, every one went, 'We need to go out and tour together again and have a good time,'" says Ross Schilling, who manages both acts for Vector Management.
Skynyrd is a notorious road warrior, but Williams' modus operandi the past decade has been to work only 20-25 nights a year in choice markets for top dollar. Williams generally only plays weekends, and on the Frynds tour all dates are on Friday or Saturday night, save the Wednesday opener in Huntsville.
"We want to maximize fan base so people can come out, have a good time and not worry about going to work the next morning," says Schilling. Indeed, both Skynyrd and Williams are known for ringing up huge alcohol and beer sales at their shows, holding records in several venues.
Here are the Rowdy Frynds tour dates:
April 11: Huntsville, Ala. (VBCC Arena)
April 13: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
April 20: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
April 21: Peoria, Ill. (Civic Center)
April 27: Baltimore (First Mariner Center)
April 28: Raleigh, N.C. (RBC Center)
May 4: Nashville (Gaylord Entertainment Center)
May 5: Charleston, W. Va. (Civic Center)
May 11: Dayton, Ohio (Nutter Center)
May 12: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
May 18: Sioux City, Iowa (Gateway Arena)
May 19: Minneapolis (Target Center)
May 25: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
May 26: Orange Beach, Fla. (Wharf Amphitheater)
June 1: Atlanta (Gwinnett Center)
June 2: Greenville, S.C. (Bi-Lo Center)
June 8: University Park, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
June 9: Albany, N.Y. (Times Union Center)
June 15: Louisville (Freedom Hall)
June 16: St. Charles, Mo. (Family Arena)