After setting the stage ablaze with a high-octane Super Bowl halftime show, Usher is doubling down on his Atlanta roots, adding two more concerts to his hometown roster. The "Yeah" singer has turned his already sprawling "Past Present Future" tour into an even grander affair, delighting fans with the addition of opening shows on Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 at State Farm Arena, as reported by Atlanta News First. This move transforms Atlanta into the kickoff city, bumping the previously scheduled Washington D.C. debut onwards.
High demand seems to not only have influenced Usher's tour schedule but also to seemingly disrupt the ticket sales market, as hordes of fans look to secure their spots at upcoming shows. According to FOX 5 Atlanta, presale tickets for the new dates were set to drop tomorrow, with the general sale occurring on Feb. 16. If the voracious appetite for Super Bowl-style entertainment can be used as an indicator, those tickets won't last long.
The Super Bowl halftime show, which featured Usher alongside luminaries such as Alicia Keys, H.E.R., will.i.am, and Atlanta royalty Lil Jon and Ludacris, undeniably left an impression that resonated beyond the glitz of Vegas. In a statement obtained by FOX 5 Atlanta, Usher proclaimed, "I turned the world to 'The A,'" at the show's conclusion.
This expansion of tour dates is likely to also expand Usher's already considerable mark on the music scene this year, promising to deliver a blend of nostalgic hits and fresh tracks alike, in a dynamic showcase spanning the eras of his illustrious career. Fans who might have been bracing for an impossible to snag a ticket just got their second wind. Mega-shows in major cities across North America are to include back-to-back performances, a testament to Usher's drawing power and, by extension, to the evergreen allure of live music spectacle.