Sad news for spring breakers everywhere: 2015 will mark Luke Bryan's seventh and final free Spring Break Tour.
Luke Bryan broke spring-breakers' hearts across the nation with the recent announcement that his upcoming annual two-day free concert event at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City Beach, FL will be his last. Bryan will perform on March 11-12 and will be debut music from his final Spring Break album, aptly titled Spring Break...Checkin' Out, which is set to be released March 10.
For six years in a row, Bryan - now known as country music's Spring Break King - has hit the beach to kick-off spring break with thousands of fans for his annual Spring Break Tour. Open to all ages and always free, it has become a treasured event for college fans across the nation. Last year, the event's popularity soared to new heights, bringing in an estimated crowd of 200,000 for the party.
In addition to the annual two-day event, Bryan has released Spring Break EPs and albums each year, giving fans the ability to celebrate spring break 365 days a year. The initial spring break projects were all released as EPs. But after seeing the success and demand for a larger album, Bryan decided to give the fans what they wanted, releasing his first spring break album
The initial spring break projects were all released as EPs. But after seeing the success and demand for a larger album, Bryan decided to give the fans what they wanted, releasing his first spring break album Spring Break...Here To Party on March 5, 2013.
The full-length album featured two new songs, "Buzzkill" and "Just a Sip," and also compiled music from his first four Spring Break EPs. The album was a hit and landed at the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Country Albums and Top 200 charts, earning Gold certification in sales.
In 2014, Bryan went back to releasing digital EPs with Spring Break 6...Like We Ain't Ever, which took him to No. 1 on the Billboard's Top Country Albums chart once again.
The Spring Break projects, with the exception of Spring Break...Here To Party (and the upcoming Spring Break... Checkin' Out), are all digital EPs and never competed directly with Bryan's other full-length albums.
Although the Spring Break concerts and release have earned Bryan legions of fans, the time for them to end was bound to come. The reasons why are unclear; however, AL.com reported that Panama City Beach and Bay County have recently passed several new laws in an effort to tame wild spring break behavior, so that could have come into play when the decision was made.
Or, more likely, Bryan has decided that seven straight years of solid Spring Break partying may just be enough. One thing is for sure, he has provided and playlist for spring break parties for many years to come, and he will be going out in style with an epic party to remember...right along with 200,000 of his closest friends.