Photo Credit: Joseph Llanes
Dierks Bentley made an unforgettable run of 2014 RISER TOUR dates across the west coast this weekend, beginning with a capacity crowd at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater on 7/23. The tour’s biggest weekend yet also included full houses at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and San Diego’s Sleep Train Amphitheatre. The highlight for the weekend, however, was the Grammy nominated singer’s return to his hometown of Phoenix to perform for more than 17,000 fans at the Ak-Chin Pavilion.
In total disbelief, Bentley told the enthusiastic hometown crowd, “For those of you who don’t know me, you’re participating in the best night of my life right now.” Bentley went on to humbly dedicate both of his GOLD certified No. one hits “I Hold On” and “Home” to his friends in the Valley and to the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Hot Shots, who perished a year ago in the Yarnell Hill Fires.
Music critics echoed the fan enthusiasm over the weekend, declaring Bentley “rose to the occasion like a pro, as though headlining Ak-Chin Pavilion is what the man was born to do.” – Arizona Republic
“Bentley stormed the stage…his red solo cup and lively stage presence reverberated off the rocks in perfect
melody.” – Denver Post
“High-energy and emotion-packed” – San Diego Union-Tribune
Bentley has the undeniable radio hit of the summer with “Drunk On A Plane,” flying up the Top Five at radio now and continuing to sell an average of over 65,000 singles a week. So far, his critically acclaimed and commercially successful new album RISER counts more than 1.5 million digital track sales. The 2014 RISER TOUR continues this week with upcoming stops in Mountain View, CA (7/31) and Sixes, OR (8/3). For a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.