Sugarland Let Fans Pick Setlists on Spring Tour
Sugarland has announced its next tour, and this time the duo is doing things a little differently.
The “In the Hands of the Fans” tour lets Sugarland fans pick the set lists for the tour. Singer Jennifer Nettles issued a statement about that tour that clarifies how this will happen.
“This year’s tour is based around the concept of putting the show into the hands of the fans,” she said in a post on the band’s official website. “THEY will make the requests that will help form the set list and guide the show. Through texts, handwritten signs, the Internet (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) phone calls made during the show and selections directly from the stage, the fans will become the conductors as well as the audience. If it’s on one of our records or if we’ve played it on a stage it is fair game.”
The tour will kick off on April 5 in Toledo, Ohio and will run at least through August 18, when the group will play a show in Stateline, Nev. Other cities that have been announced include Niagara, Ontario; Charlotte, N.C.; Mountain View, Calif; Chicago; Valdosta, Ga. and Sturgis, S.D. With more than 25 dates announced already, Sugarland’s website promises “more dates being announced soon!”
Reaching out to the fans is likely a good move for Sugarland, which took some heat from fans earlier this month stemming from the group’s appearance at Indiana State Fair last year when a stage collapse due to high winds resulted in seven deaths and many injuries. The group’s legal team claimed, “some or all of the plaintiffs failed to exercise due care for their own safety” and “some or all of the plaintiffs knowingly and voluntarily assumed and/or incurred the risk of injury to themselves.”
The band’s manager later clarified the band’s stance.
“Sadly when a tragedy occurs, people want to point fingers and try to sensationalize the disaster,” she said in a statement. “The single most important thing to Sugarland are their fans.”