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Dierks Bentley: 'I love' checking out fan tailgating parties at my shows 

May 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM ET

If you snag tickets to see country-music superstar Dierks Bentley on his North American "Riser" tour, be sure to bring your tailgating supplies. The Grammy-nominated artist wants fans to party it up in the parking lot.

"Man, the parking lot scene — as a country fan, that's kind of what you go there for," Bentley told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie Tuesday. "Tailgating, getting out there, seeing your friends, hangin' out ... It's what everyone does on the weekend. And so we get a chance to be the show, the entertainment." 

Don't be surprised if you spot Bentley himself steering among the crowd. "I love taking my little Jeep and driving out into the parking lot to see what (fans) are doing," the performer said. "They're having a lot more fun (out there) than we are."

That's saying a lot. Bentley clearly wasn't hurtin' for fun when he performed his feel-good party anthem “Drunk on a Plane” in the TODAY studio. Later in the broadcast, he shared his more serious side, performing "I Hold On," a touching tribute to his father.

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