Jason Aldean's 2015 tour has been one of a kind, but it will conclude in his customary fashion. On Saturday, Oct. 24, in West Palm Beach, Aldean will perform his 10th annual Concert for the Cure, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. Aldean's managers say he has donated about $2.3 million in concert proceeds to the foundation this decade.
"It's one of those shows that we started early in my career, when we really didn't even have any hits, and it started in little clubs," Aldean, 38, says. "Now, to be going to an amphitheater and to see how big it's gotten, it's pretty special."
"We had a chance to go play a lot of places that I never thought we'd ever play," he says. "Being a sports fan, to me, it doesn't get any cooler than playing stadiums. It's just cool to get in there and walk around. It has a feel when it's empty and you're there during the day … to take it in is pretty intense."
With his rough-edged, rock-rap-influenced country, Aldean has plenty of mileage left in his 2014 album, "Old Boots, New Dirt," which includes "Burnin' It Down," which drew attention for a sexually charged video that even Aldean said "was pushing things," and similar rock/R&B songs with big sounds such as "Just Gettin' Started," "Tonight Looks Good on You." The album's next single is "Gonna Know We Were Here," a more up-tempo and classic-sounding country song.
Because of the momentum from the album and his concerts, Aldean is reluctant to see the tour end.
"It's been great, it's been fun, but I'm looking forward to taking a couple of months off," he says. "It kind of re-energizes you to know it's going in the last week. A lot of us won't see each other for a couple of months, so it's kind of like a big party. But at the same time, when this is what you do and you live out here, you start to kind of go a little crazy after a week or two at home."
Aldean, whose concerts are louder than most country shows, says his songs aren't just about having fun. He cites "The Truth," in which a man, upon being dumped by a woman, asks her to "make up whatever story you want" as long as she doesn't tell people "the truth" that he still needs her.
"You can have the songs like the 'Hicktowns' and 'My Kinda Partys,'" Aldean says, "but you also have to figure how to round it out, with songs with a little more meat, some substance. "It's fine to go out and do a party sound or something with a lyric that's not so serious. But to show people you can do this thing over here, too, that's something I've always wanted to do my whole career."
Jason Aldean, with Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr, will perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, in West Palm Beach. Tickets cost $25.50-$65.50. Go to LiveNation.com.