Dierks Bentley played his very first show as headliner at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (January 21st) night. The sold-out What The Hell World tour show also featured opening acts Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, along with some special guests, including Elle King, who joined Dierks on "Different For Girls" and her own pop hit "Ex's & Oh's." The night ended with a rousing rendition of "Drunk On A Plane" featuring Swindell, Pardi, King, Cassadee Pope, Chase Rice, and Kelsea Ballerini.

Dierks told the crowd, “You have no idea how much this night meant to me and the guys. This is a Stanley Cup . . . game seven of the World Series kind of night. I have my home team, my home crowd and I hope to leave the stage with no voice as a sign I did the job right. Thank you for making this one of the best nights of my life."

Dierks has also announced a string of summer dates. Here are the new What The Hell tour cities:
Birmingham, AL
Cincinnati, OH
Columbia, MD
Hartford, CT
Boston, MA
Holmdel, NJ
Washington DC
Tampa, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Jones Beach, NY
Allentown, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Charlotte, NC
Jacksonville, FL
Raleigh, NC
Virginia Beach, VA
Indianapolis, IN
Cleveland, OH
Chicago, IL
St. Louis, MO
Darien Center, NY
Orange Beach, AL
Atlanta, GA
Mountain View, CA
Sacramento, CA
Anaheim, CA
San Diego, CA
Phoenix, AZ
Albuquerque, NM
Denver, CO

Dierks tells us: [“This is going to be such a fun tour. I meant that’s the reason why I call it the What the Hell Tour, because both these guys are so fun. I’ve known ‘em now for a long time. I men, I’ve known Cole since he was selling T-shirts for Luke, and to watch the success he’s had, he loves it, man. His heart is into what he’s doing. He’s so grateful and thankful and is making great records. He’s going out there and his live show is so good. I mean, he really has a great live show. You can tell he’s been watching other people’s stuff and also implementing his own ideas. It’s just gonna be fun! And then Jon Pardi is  just that. He is a party. He is a big voice, big personality, down-to-earth, but at the same time he’s not afraid to bust on ya and give ya some crap, so, yeah, it’s gonna be that kind of tour. What the Hell is the perfect name for this tour with Jon and Cole.”] SOUNDCUE (:47 OC: . . . Jon and Cole.)

The What The Hell tour heads to Canada for a string of dates beginning on Wednesday (January 25th) in Hamilton, ON.

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