SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

June 12, 2006 19:32 ET

Big & Rich Launch Summer Tour Sponsored by Prilosec OTC

Hot Country Duo's "Comin' To Your City" Tour Selling Fast; New Single Honoring Purple Heart Veteran, Niles Harris, Well Received at Radio

NASHVILLE, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 12, 2006 -- Multi-platinum country duo Big & Rich have embarked on their "Comin' To Your City" tour, which began June 2nd in Louisville and will criss-cross the U.S. this summer. The tour is sponsored by Prilosec OTC, the number one selling over-the-counter heartburn medicine*. The "Comin' To Your City" tour, which will stop at more than 30 venues nationwide, will feature heartburn screenings, artist autograph sessions, and fan karaoke. It promotes the award-winning Nashville duo's platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated second album of the same name, which was released last November. The tour will feature Muzik Mafia member & Raybaw/Warner Bros. Records artist Cowboy Troy and other special guests at select shows.

Big & Rich have just shipped the third single from "Comin' To Your City," "The 8th of November," and it has been the most added single on the country charts for the first two weeks of release. The song tells the story of Purple Heart veteran Niles Harris, who, as a 19-year-old army private, was shot down in a jungle fire fight during the Vietnam War on November 8, 1965. In 2002, then-unknown singer/songwriters Big Kenny and John Rich befriended Harris when they visited his hometown of Deadwood, South Dakota, and performed at the saloon where he tended bar. The friendship has continued and Kenny and Rich wrote "The 8th of November" to honor his legacy. Last year the duo accompanied Harris on a trip to Vietnam to try to make sense of the battle that took his comrades' lives that fall day in 1965. A documentary of the experience will air later in the summer. Recently Big & Rich performed the song at the "41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" and at the "National Memorial Day Concert" to standing ovations. Prilosec OTC will also distribute over a million copies of the documentary through a special on-pack offer that will be available to consumers at select retailers this summer.

Big Kenny and John Rich, who've both suffered from frequent heartburn, have signed on as spokespersons for the brand and plan to show "how country music fans can live it up without worrying about heartburn getting in the way," says Big Kenny.

Big & Rich's "Comin' To Your City" tour dates are as follows:

June
9       Springfield, MA    Mass Mutual Center
10      Camden, NJ         Tweeter Center @ The Waterfront
11      Watertown, NY      Watertown Fairgrounds
15      Burlington, IA     Burlington Steamboat Days
17      Miami, OK          Buffalo Run Casino
22      Cadott, WI         Chippewa Valley Country Festival
23      Mt. Pleasant, MI   Soaring Eagle Casino
24      Seattle, WA        Qwest Field KC Stadium Show

July
1       Tampa, FL          Raymond James Stadium
2       Valdosta, GA       Wild Adventures Theme Park
4       Greeley, CO        Greeley Stampede
8       Nashville, TN      Titans Coliseum
14      Edmonton, AB       Commonwealth Stadium
15      Craven, SK         Craven Country Jamboree
16      Foxboro, MA        Gillette Stadium
20      Twin Lakes, WI     Country Thunder USA
22      Valparaiso, IN     Porter Country Fair
24      Harrington, DE     Delaware State Fair

August
4       Detroit Lakes, MN  We Fest
6       Sturgis, SD        Glencoe Camp Resort
9       Rama, ON           Casino Rama
11      Jackson, MI        Jackson County Fair
12      Lewisburg, WV      State Fair of West Virginia
15      Indianapolis, IN   Indiana State Fairgrounds-Grandstand
18      Springfield, IL    Illinois State Fairgrounds
19      Sedalia, MO        Missouri State Fair Grandstand
26      Lima, OH           Allen Country Fair
About Prilosec OTC

Prilosec OTC is the #1 Doctor-† and Pharmacist-‡ recommended OTC acid reducer, the first of a class of OTC heartburn medicines that works differently from every other over-the-counter heartburn medication. Prilosec OTC is the only OTC heartburn medicine that can work for 24 hours with one pill a day by directly shutting down many acid pumps in your stomach when used as directed for 14 days for treating frequent heartburn. Prilosec OTC is the #1 selling OTC heartburn medicine* on the market. For more information about Prilosec OTC, visit www.prilosecotc.com. Prilosec OTC is available over-the-counter through an alliance between P&G and AstraZeneca.

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* Based on dollar sales.  AC Nielson FD+ dollar share of heartburn
(12/28/03 - 6/25/05).
† NDC Health, NDC Physician Recommendation Audit (April 2005 - September
2005, Acid Reducer Category).  Data on file.
‡ Based on share of recommendations: Pharmacy Today 2005 OTC Survey, Acid
Reducers.

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