Jason Aldean Wraps Tour, Donates $600K to Breast Cancer Research
Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour did more than just entertain fans around the country, it also raised money to help cure breast cancer. The tour wrapped Saturday night (Oct. 24) with Aldean’s 10th annual Concert for a Cure in West Palm Beach, Fla., where the country star presented a $615,000 check to Susan G. Komen South Florida. The funds were raised from a portion of ticket sales over the course of the tour.
“I know firsthand how important it is to find a cure for breast cancer,” Aldean remarks, “So, looking out from stage Saturday night at a sea of pink was a pretty cool way to end the tour. For ten years now the fans have been helping us support Komen and I know we’re going to keep it up until nobody has to fight the disease anymore.”
The cause is close to the artist's heart, and Aldean has raised more than $2.3 million for breast cancer research over the years, a commitment prompted by personal experience.
“My best friend lost his wife to breast cancer and she was in her very early thirties,” Aldean explains to People. “I was there. I watched it all go down. I watched him deal with that and her go through it and her leaving behind two daughters. That to me was sort of an eye-opener.”
He not only donates his funds, but his time, to breast cancer survivors, making sure to give them a unique experience when they attend his show.
“We have survivors come out to every show,” Aldean adds. “They get there early and get to see the stages going up and just all the craziness that’s goes on around the show. Then we eat dinner together and they get a front-row seat. They get the red carpet laid out for them, and it’s been great.”
Though the Burn It Down Tour has packed it up and rolled out, Aldean is wasting no time getting back on the road. He recently announced the We Were Here Tour, beginning in January 2016. The show will include “Crash and Burn” singer Thomas Rhett and breakout artists A Thousand Horses. A full list of dates can be found here.
Aldean also recently released the music video for “Gonna Know We Were Here,” the namesake of the upcoming tour and the fourth single from Old Boots, New Dirt.
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