George Strait is getting a jump on the new year with confirmation of an early 2004 U.S. tour. Although the full itinerary for the arena jaunt has not yet been revealed, the country superstar expects t

George Strait is getting a jump on the new year with confirmation of an early 2004 U.S. tour. Although the full itinerary for the arena jaunt has not yet been revealed, the country superstar expects to visit 16 states across the trip's 21 dates.

The tour is expected to launch in mid-January and stretch into March. Dierks Bentley and Kellie Coffey will open throughout the entire run.

The only specifically announced show is a Jan. 31 concert at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets for that show -- priced from $50 to $90 -- will go on sale Oct. 4 via Ticketmaster and the venue's box office.

Strait will be touring in support of his latest MCA Nashville album, "Honkytonkville." Released in June, the set debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 5 on The Billboard 200. The album has sold 415,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Coffey's "When You Lie Next to Me" bowed at No. 5 on the country tally and has moved 248,000 copies since its May release by BNA. She'll wrap up a round of touring tomorrow (Sept. 27) in Louisville, Ky.

Bentley's self-titled Capitol debut has sold 106,000 since its release last month and peaked at No. 4 on the tally. His single "What Was I Thinkin'" reached No. 1 on the Top Country Singles & Tracks chart last week, interrupting the now eight-week run of Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett's "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Print