Country music superstar Jason Aldean, who has just released his fifth album, “Night Train,” was at Fenway Park Thursday to confirm something we already knew (and told you earlier this week): He will be opening his 2013 summer tour with a show at the ballpark July 13.
While standing on the field at friendly Fenway, Aldean peered out from beneath his 10-gallon hat and said he’s thrilled to be playing here.
“Being the first country music artist to ever come here and headline a show is pretty amazing,” he said, calling Fenway the Mecca of ballparks. “To be able to say that I played at a place like this is gonna be one of the highlights of my career.”
Though a native of Georgia, Aldean swears he’s “kind of adopted the Red Sox as [his] American League team.” And while the “Don’t You Wanna Stay” singer has visited Boston before and “fell in love with it,” he anticipates his July performance will be extra special.
“The biggest thing for me coming in to do this show is just to enjoy it and take it all in. This is something that I’ve dreamed about doing,” he said from the dugout. “I might come out here and sleep on the outfield grass the night before to just kind of soak it up.” (Not if groundskeeper Dave Mellor has anything to say about it, you won’t.)
Joining Aldean will be Miranda Lambert (“The House That Built Me”), Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”), and newcomer Thomas Rhett (“Something to Do With My Hands ”). Tickets for the gig go on sale Oct. 26.
“It’s gonna be a fun night,” said Aldean. “I can’t wait for July 13.”