Jason Aldean - Aug 7, 2021

jasonaldeanJason Aldean is ready to get 'Back in the Saddle' on his 2021 tour with special guests Hardy and Lainey Wilson performing at Jones Beach on Sat, Aug 7, 2021 - tix: http://JASONALDEAN.jonesbeach.com

There was really only one song that could kick off Jason Aldean's first concerts in over a year: "We Back." "We back, we back in the saddle," the country star belted from the stage at the Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tenn Saturday night. "Back on stage making the whole place rattle/ Back with the A-team, train on the track . /Thought we were gone but you're wrong, now it's on, we back."

"We walked out (on stage) and all of a sudden, it took us back to where we were a year and a half ago," Aldean said backstage. "Life kind of felt normal again, for the first time." Aldean, like many country A-listers, is ready to get back to business — and as he revealed to his audience on Saturday, he'll start this summer.. Aldean's just-announced "Back In The Saddle" tour kicks off August 5 in Virginia Beach, and will hit amphitheaters and arenas across the U.S. through October 30.

"I'm looking forward to just getting back to life as we all know it," he said. "I think stuff like this kind of gives a glimpse to people that we're getting on the other side of it now."

Aldean's last tour, in fact, was titled "We Back" -- until they weren't. Like every other major tour, it was cut short in mid-March, and Aldean found himself at home indefinitely. "I've got guys that work on my crew that have had to take other jobs," he said. "They're pouring concrete or working construction or doing whatever to stay afloat until we can get this thing back up and running. So it's felt good to look around and see everybody happy to be back together and working."

2020 turned out to be necessary recharging period for an artist who's now nine albums into his career — and Aldean says he never would have taken a break voluntarily. "I had a feeling on stage last night that I don't think I've felt in the last 15 years. It was (like) doing something new again, for the first time. And, I think when you do this stuff as much as we do, it's easy to take it for granted a little bit." Though he's been off stage, Aldean has continued to rack up hits from his 2019 album, "Nine." At his Friday and Saturday concerts at the Bonnaroo Farm, he finally got to hear the crowd roar for "Got What I Got," which topped Billboard's Country Airplay Chart and even crossed into the pop-ruled Hot 100, peaking at No. 16.

As he continues to promote the album third single, "Blame It On You," there's another task to complete before he hits the road: finishing his tenth studio album. "We're actually going back in the studio in a week or two to try and finish tracking everything. I'll probably do all the vocals in June, and hopefully have an album that drops later this year. That's what I'm hoping for."