Jason Aldean ‘Never Dreamed’ He’d Be Playing Stadiums

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This year has been a huge one for Jason Aldean. After years working his way up from bars and clubs, through theaters and amphitheaters and lots and lots of opening slots, the Georgia native is headlining some of the nation’s biggest venues.

Earlier this year he headlined Madison Square Garden in New York City, and he also became the first music act to play Athens, Georgia’s Sanford Stadium (to more than 60,000 fans).

Last weekend he played two sold-out nights at Boston’s Fenway Park (following in the footsteps of none other than Paul McCartney). And this Saturday (July 20), he headlines another massive show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

As music journalist Alan Light says in a recent Radio.com Essentials profile on Aldean, he “blew through being an arena headliner” and this year aimed much higher.

Aldean, though, is as surprised with his success as anyone. As he told the Chicago Sun-Times this week, he “never dreamed” he’d be playing stadiums like Sanford, Fenway, or Wrigley. “Just to have gotten to that point in my career to do something like headline a show at Wrigley Field is crazy.”

“I have always tried to do things in my career that would push myself, and by doing that I have figured out what I could do well and what I couldn’t do well,” he told the paper. “I’m not scared of falling on my face. God knows I have done that plenty of times. I guess it’s just that I never want to get comfortable with what I am doing. Pushing myself to try new things doesn’t scare me at all.”

And he was certainly reflective, and a bit humble, regarding the stadium shows. “At the end of the day, it’s going to be cool to look back on your life and your career and see that you did things that were pretty special.”

Jason Aldean headlines Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Saturday, July 20. He shares the bill with Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen, and Thomas Rhett.