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Jason Aldean has really upped the ante for his Burn It Down tour, which kicked off in Roanoke, Va., on May 1. "Every year we go out and try to put on the best show possible, but this year we have a ton of new things," the singer tells PEOPLE Country. "Production-wise we have all-new lighting and video plus some serious pyro tricks that make this show better and bigger than ever."
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THE MUSIC MAN
The set list shows off Aldean's growing (and impressive!) catalogue of country hits. Of the 14 songs he's released to radio in the past six years, all but one have made it to the Top 10 on the charts.
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DRINKING IT IN
Say cheers! Before hitting the stage, a red Solo cup toast brings together Aldean, a Macon, Ga., native, and his bandmates and crew.
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PARTNERS IN CRIME
Sharing the stage – and a little backstage hang – with Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley is pure joy for Aldean, who calls himself a fan. "Florida Georgia Line is obviously on fire right now," Aldean says of his tourmates, who also include singer Tyler Farr. "We all hang out a lot during the day going fishing and stuff. They make the shows fun from start to finish."
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READY OR NOT
With his ear monitor dangling, Aldean and his band make the long walk through the arena corridor to the concert hall stage. The honor of entertaining fans is never lost on the star, even after all this time. "We've been fortunate enough to have the chance to do this for the past almost 10 years now," he says proudly.
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It may be a country show, but it's also pretty rockin'! Aldean commands the high-energy crowd in his own way, dancing along with fans during his set.
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GIVE 'EM A HAND
For Aldean, knowing the responsibility he has each night to touch the audience with his music keeps him connected. "Our fans have taken this thing to a place I could only have dreamed of," he says gratefully, "so I really wanted to be sure that even the people at the top of those stadiums' nose-bleeds are feeling the same energy as the front row."