Blake Shelton Forced to Cancel Tour Stops in September

by Jennifer Shea

Country star Blake Shelton is canceling two tour dates in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. this September. But he says he’s trying to reschedule the shows.

“Unfortunately, we have to cancel the concerts in Philadelphia (Sept. 2) and Washington D.C. (Sept. 3 and 4) due to a recent scheduling conflict,” Shelton tweeted Friday. “We are going to try to reschedule these dates in the near future, but refunds for tickets will be processed automatically.”

Blake Shelton’s Fall Tour Resumes Where It Left Off

Shelton’s 2021 Friends and Heroes Tour resumes on Aug. 18 in Omaha, Nebraska, where the coronavirus last stopped Shelton in his tracks, prompting him to cancel his 2020 tour dates.

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

Shelton will be playing 17 shows crisscrossing the country, from Omaha to Nashville to Milwaukee, where the tour ends on Oct. 2. Lindsay Ell, Martina McBride, Tracy Byrd and Trace Adkins will all put in appearances at various points on the tour. According to Rolling Stone, tickets purchased for 2020 dates will be honored at the 2021 stops.

Shelton Is a Newlywed

Over the Fourth of July weekend, Shelton married pop star Gwen Stefani in a small ceremony at Shelton’s Tishomingo, Oklahoma ranch. Stefani’s parents were among the wedding guests, along with the couple’s mutual friend Carson Daly, who officiated at the ceremony.

Rather than reciting wedding vows, Shelton wrote a song for Stefani titled “Reach the Star.” His fans can only hope he will decide to record it and release it as a single, as Daly has urged him to do.

“It was as elegant and refined and cool as Gwen is, and it was as country and down-home and fun as Blake is,” Daly later said of the wedding. “They just work. They’re an unlikely pair. You know, they’re like if you paired delicious fried chicken with a glass of champagne. You know, like, on paper, on the menu, it doesn’t seem to work, but it works.”

Between Stefani’s Vegas residency and Shelton’s upcoming tour, the two are both very busy. But they recently took time out to rehearse in front of a live audience at Shelton’s Ole Red bar in Tishomingo, where they performed “Happy Anywhere,” “Nobody But You” and Stefani’s old hit “Don’t Speak.”

“That was a blast yesterday!!!” Shelton posted to Instagram the following day.