Brantley Gilbert spent all of 2017 taking his music to the people. Working the Rust Belt, the Heartland, the mid-South, the deep South and the Northeast, Gilbert knows it’s the people who make – and keep – the music strong.
And that’s exactly why he’s calling this year’s tour The Ones That Like Me 2018.
“People tell you all kinds of things about marketing,” Gilbert says of his tour’s name. “But I want to call it something that speaks to what this tour is: a chance for me to get together with all the people out there who get this music, who believe in these songs and live their lives just like the people back home do. We are all proud Americans, who try to stand up and do the right thing. That isn’t marketing, that’s life – and that’s what my music is made of.”
Having spent the summer playing – and selling out — hard ticket dates in amphitheaters, as well as handful of festivals as headliner, Gilbert got to look the BG Nation in the eye. As he’s home waiting for the birth of his first child, he’s reflected on the power and the heart of those people, and he’s even more determined to give them a show that gives back everything they are!
“I say every album is a chapter of my life,” Gilbert explains, as the first 19 dates of his tour go on-sale. “It’s real, even when it’s simple – because life is pretty simple, even when it’s rough. ‘One Hell of an Amen’ looks some tough stuff in the eye, and stands tall. It’s how I was raised, and I think everyone in the BG Nation feels it the same way. So these aren’t just my songs, they’re the songs of all of our lives. When I get back out there, man, we’re gonna have even more life to lift up and celebrate.”
The Ones That Like Me 2018 Tour kicks off February 1 at DCU Center in Worcester, MA. The initial leg of what promises to be Gilbert’s most gauntlet-throwing live experience yet – one that dials back the pyro and turns up the musical intensity – is slated for 36 concerts. Joining the hard-hitting songwriter is outspoken singer/songwriter Aaron Lewis and newcomer Josh Phillips.
THE ONES THAT LIKE ME 2018 TOUR DATES
WITH Aaron Lewis & Josh Phillips
2/1 | DCU Center – Worcester, MA
2/2 | GIANT Center – Hershey, PA
2/3 | Times Union Center – Albany, NY
2/8 | Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC
2/9 | Thompson Boling Arena – Knoxville, TN
2/10 | BancorpSouth Arena – Tupelo, MS
2/15 | EagleBank Arena – Fairfax, VA
2/16 | The James Brown Arena – Augusta, GA
2/17 | North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC
3/24 | Tuscaloosa Amphitheater – Tuscaloosa, AL
4/19 | Lexington Center-Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
4/20 | Salem Civic Center – Salem, VA
4/21 | Eastern Kentucky Expo Center – Pikeville, KY
4/26 | Wright State University Nutter Center – Daytone, OH
4/27 | ISU Hulman Center – Terre Haute, IN
4/28 | Walmart Amp-Arkansas Music Pavillion – Rogers, AR
5/10 | US Cellular Center – Cedar Rapids, IA
5/11 | Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI
5/12 | Erie Insurance Arena – Erie, PA