OFFSTAGE: Jason Aldean Tattoos Every Town

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Jason Aldean has been selling out shows all summer. And Saturday night (Aug. 27) in Chicago was no different. There were 28,000 people there, so you could definitely say Aldean is leaving his mark on every town he plays in. Which is fitting, because he opened the show with his brand new song, “Tattoos on This Town.” Before the show, Aldean and I talked about that song. A lot. And about how much of a mark he left on Macon, Ga., when he was growing up there. “People don’t realize in high school that those are some of the best times that you’re ever gonna have,” he said. “You don’t realize it at the time, and the next phase comes along, and you get married and have kids and transition from teen to adult. But you always look back on those teenage years you talk about them. When I get around my friends, we talk about, ’Remember when we did this?’ You just don’t worry about any consequences when you’re a teenager at all, but at some point, you get smart and realize, ’I can’t do those things anymore … but it was fun when I did it.'” If you haven’t heard the new song — about how your hometown sure left its mark on you and you sure left your mark on it — go listen. It’s bound to bring back memories of the memories you made and those figurative tattoos you left on our town.