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During tour rehearsals and stage plotting in December, Brad and his band realized their show needed a new name. With that, 'the Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 presented by Chevy' was born.
"When you see plans and sketches on paper it's one thing, but to actually see it in real life is something else, and that's what happened to me when we were in tour rehearsals," says the multi-award-winning entertainer. "When I saw the visuals and how exciting and sometimes mind-blowing they were, I felt the tour name needed to reflect what the fans were going to see. For two hours each night of the tour, they can be taken away from reality -- literally."
In spite of the name change, which reflects Brad's long-standing penchant for high-tech stage production, the superstar told USA Today last year that 2012 (in spite of the Mayan prediction that the world's last days are scheduled for December!) would be a period of "intense creativity."
"I've got some strong possibilities for stuff that could be cool," he teased at the time. "If a few of them materialize, then I think 2012 is going to be not only the end of the world but a really creative Armageddon."
The Virtual Reality world tour kicks off Jan. 12 in Grand Rapids, Mich., with reigning CMA New Artist of the Year the Band Perry and 2011 'American Idol' champ Scotty McCreery opening the shows.
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