Blake Shelton Announces Friends and Heroes Tour, Featuring Martina McBride, Trace Adkins and More

by Suzanne Halliburton
Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Blake Shelton is hitting the road again with a restart of his Friends and Heroes Tour. What’s that you’re hearing. We think it’s a hell, yea.

Call it the Friends and Heroes Tour 3.0. Basically, it’s a restart from the Covid-19 pandemic freeze of 2020, with some 2021 dates added to it. Shelton conducted similar tours starting in 2019.

The first scheduled stop is Omaha. So Nebraska fans, grab a Runza and your favorite beer, you have some party practice to do before Blake Shelton gets there, Aug. 18.

Blake Shelton said he already was in Omaha last year, prepping for his tour, when the country locked down because of the pandemic.

“I told you we would be back,” Shelton said in a statement to the media. “And I’m thrilled to say we are kicking off the Friends and Heroes 2021 Tour in Omaha.”

And here’s the very Blake Shelton part of the statement:

“I’m giving everybody, in every city, plenty of notice: You might as well tell your boss you’re gonna be late to work the next day and pay that babysitter overtime. Because we are going to play some country music for y’all until they turn on the lights. And that might not stop us!”

Blake Shelton really is bringing his friends along on the tour. Also appearing — Martina McBride, Tracy Byrd, Trace Adkins and Lindsay Ell.

Tickets go on sale on June 10. If you bought tickets last year for the postponed dates, they’re still good. The tour includes stops in 16 cities. It’ll end on Oct. 2 in Milwaukee.

Blake Shelton Worked Right Through the Pandemic

Blake Shelton didn’t take off the pandemic. He currently is a judge/mentor on the 20th season of The Voice. The spring finale is set for May 25. Shelton’s fiance, Gwen Stefani, is returning to perform. The two were engaged last year. Plus, Adam Levine, a former Blake Shelton friendly foil, is coming back as well.

And, Shelton will have some new music to sing and perform. He’s releasing his album, Body Language, this Friday.

Country music definitely is thawing from the pandemic. Dierks Bentley restarted his concert tour earlier this month. Miranda Lambert did so in April. Brad Paisley will return to the stage in June. So will Ashley McBryde and Luke Combs. Luke Bryan, who also is a judge on American Idol, is set to start his tour, July 8. Chris Stapleton and Tanya Tucker also return in July. So are Brothers Osbourne and Lady A. Zac Brown and Jason Aldean, like Blake Shelton, will start live tour performances in August.

Garth Brooks kicks off his musical tour in July. The 50,000 available tickets to the Salt Lake City stop, sold out in 30 minutes, breaking a TicketMaster record.

So Blake Shelton, will you be writing all of us a note for work?