Tim McGraw just announced his 2024 Standing Room Only Tour, kicking off on March 14 in Jacksonville, Florida, with Carly Pearce serving as his opening act. McGraw was out on his McGraw Tour 2022 last year, playing in intimate venues and amphitheaters. But it’s been a while since the Louisiana native has headlined places like Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena or Chicago’s United Center, and no one is more excited than McGraw to hit the road.
“It’s the first time we’ve done an arena tour in a long time,” McGraw tells Entertainment Tonight. “I’m looking forward to it. We’ve got some crazy spectacular production I’m looking forward to everybody seeing. This is probably one of the coolest productions we’ve ever had. We’re gonna blow it out.”
McGraw might use cutting-edge technology on his Standing Room Only Tour, but one thing he won’t have is a lot of fire, only because of his own fears.
“I’m not a big pyro guy,” the 56-year-old admits. “I’m scared to death. I know myself enough that I move around all over the place and sure enough, I’ll be standing right over one of those things when it goes off. We don’t need that. I’d light my a– on fire.”
An unfortunate trend for touring artists right now is fans throwing items on stage during a show, which not only serves as a major distraction, but also can cause physical harm. Fortunately, McGraw already has a plan in place if something like that occurs during one of his shows.
“Hopefully I’m still spry, and hope I can dodge and duck and leap,” McGraw says, adding that he hopes that fans are more respectful during his concerts.
“I mean it’s absolutely crazy,” he says. “And then you ruin the show for everybody else.”
McGraw hopes that his wife, Faith Hill, and their three daughters join him for at least some of the shows, although he admits none of his girls have shown much interest in singing with his famous father.
“Maybe I’ll talk them into it,” he hints. “Maybe they’ll sort of grow out of that phase a little bit where they don’t want to sing with me. They’ll sing with Mom, but I’m probably not up to par with the rest of them. I’m the worst singer in the family. It’s true. I’m pretty good, but I’m the worst singer in the family.”
“I love the perspective of ‘Standing Room Only’ and what it meant,” McGraw says of the song, which is currently in the Top 15.. “And it’s more about life affirmation, just like ‘Live Like You Were Dying.’ It wasn’t about dying, it was about living. And to me, this song, it’s about going out and living life to the fullest, and trying to be the best person you can be.”
Standing Room Only Tour tickets will be available beginning on Friday, August 4, at 10:00 AM local time. Find all of McGraw’s music and upcoming shows at TimMcGraw.com.