Jason Aldean makes 2nd stop of day in Chicago

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“For me, I think the main thing was it was kind of a learning experience for me and made me realize, I don’t know, that maybe I was under the microscope a little more than I thought I was,” Aldean said. “But you live and learn, man.”

The encounter hasn’t dimmed his popularity, however, as his trip from Boston to Chicago shows. Fans followed Aldean’s progress across the country by private plane, tweeting his location along the way, and local media were talking about his surprise visit long before he arrived.

Brian O’Connell, Live Nation’s president of country music touring, said the goal wasn’t to fill venues, but to make sure Aldean can share special moments with his fans.

“We’re trying to find something unique instead of just laying out dates like everybody else,” O’Connell said. “We really want to think it through, make the right decisions and check some stuff off bucket lists and make some history. That’s what we owe him right now.”

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