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Zac Brown Band Announces New ‘Roar With The Lions Tour’ – Says Some Sh*t About Loyalty & Courage

Zac Brown Band is hitting the road this summer, and the theme this year (because it’s Zac Brown and there’s always some weird theme) is… lions?

“Our summer tour is inspired by the folklore surrounding the figure of the lion. I am a Leo, and all of the guys in the band are lions. They exemplify strength, courage, intelligence, and loyalty, and work in tandem to defend their territory and one another. The crowd is our pride – rooted in togetherness and fiercely loyal. They always show up for each other, no matter what, just like our fans always show up for us. We can’t wait to hear you roar with us!”

Loyal like when you abandoned your fans and started making shitty pop music?

Loyal like all the fans that said they were done with you after you started making shitty pop music?

Loyal like the time you blamed fans not understanding your shitty pop music?


Look, there’s no doubt that you’re going to have the ride-or-die fans that will show up for everything, no matter how bad it gets. But there’s also no doubt that this new album has left a sour taste in the mouth of many of your fans. Fans that would’ve ponied up the money to check this tour out, but definitely won’t anymore.

We saw Zac and company at Wrigley Field a few years ago and it was incredible. Am I going back this year? Hell no. Why would I?

So when you’re announcing this big “Lion Tour,” and you accompany it with this little speech about lions defending the territory and “courage” and “loyalty,” all I hear is, “if you’re a true fan, you’ll show up because I know there’s a lot of you that won’t.” That’s what it sounds like to me. It doesn’t sound like inspiration, it sounds like you’re defensive and doubling down once again. it sounds like:

“Please come see us, even though you know I’m going to rap about Gucci bags. But because it’s me, and we’re all lions together, you should act like you like it.”

So if you’re one of Zac’s die-hard lions, here’s the dates.

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Roar With The Lions Tour dates:

May 24 — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
May 25 — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
May 29 — Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center *
May 30 — Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre *
May 31 — Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview *
June 4 — Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach *
June 5 — Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion *
June 12 — Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage *
June 13 — Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
June 14 — Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater *
June 18 — Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park *
June 19 — Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion *
June 20 — Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium*
June 25 — Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts *
June 26 — New York, NY @ Citi Field *
June 27 — Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live *
July 24 — Shakopee, MN @ Twin Cities Summer Jam
July 25 — Monticello, IA @ Great Jones County Fair
August 7 — Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
September 10 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
September 11 — Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center
September 12 — Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field**
September 19 — Frisco, TX @ Toyota Stadium (National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend)
September 25 — Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
September 26 — Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
October 16 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center
October 17 — Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
October 18 — Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

*with Gregory Alan Isakov
** with St. Paul and the Broken Bones

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A beer bottle on a dock