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Blake Shelton Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of His Friends & Heroes Tour

The ambitious trek featured a special, collaborative headline set.

Written by Chris Parton
Blake Shelton Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of His Friends & Heroes Tour
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 07: Blake Shelton performs onstage during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/ACMA2019/Getty Images for ACM)

Blake Shelton gives fans the inside scoop on his 2019 Friends & Heroes Tour in a neat new behind-the-scenes video. The documentary-style clip follows Shelton through a three-city run in Florida during March, and in it he explains the inspiration behind his ambitious spring tour.

Tagging along while Shelton and his massive crew hop from Jacksonville to Tampa and then Sunrise, Florida, the video features all of Shelton’s famous sense of humor. But it also lays out the secret behind his one-of-a-kind show – which clocked in about three hours long and almost 40 songs.

The trek featured Lauren Alaina as its opening act with Shelton inviting his “Friends & Heroes” out to join him onstage – The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins.

“This tour has literally been the best idea I’ve ever had,” Shelton says. “And it came from last year having Trace come out in the middle of my show, singing ‘Hillbilly Bone’ but then doing several of his hits, and then we ended with an acoustic set. So when it was time to start thinking about touring this year, we wanted to explore that further.”

Calling the whole production a “beast” of a show, Shelton goes on to say that he had no idea how far they could take the idea, but hopes he can do something similar in the future.

 

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“It’s one thing to think of adding another artist, but then we added two more artists outside of Lauren opening the show,” he says. “These are my heroes and I want them to have an even better time out there than I’m gonna have, because I want them to go away with a good feeling about this and who knows, maybe do it again.”

Shelton’s Friends & Heroes Tour wrapped up in late March. This summer he’ll take the stage at a couple of festival and fair dates, and then join George Strait for his massive concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on August 17th.