by Nicole Williams
posted Jan 13 2015 8:55AM
You know that Polar Plunge silliness that DIERKS BENTLEY does every year? Well, this time around he made the opening acts on his upcoming Sounds of Summertour join him. (He didn't force them, but the camera was rolling, so . . .)
He herded Kip Moore, Canaan Smith, and Maddie & Tae onto his boat last week for a ride on Nashville's Percy Priest Lake. Dierks tells "People", quote, "They were all suspicious. They know I do the lake jump every year, but they all went along with it.
"It was Sounds of Summer boot camp and they all know what they're in for now. I haven't heard any complaints of pneumonia or anything, so I think we're good."
You may think he's a cruel, heartless bully for doing this, and you may be right . . . but Dierks says everyone benefits: Quote, "A tour can really be depressing if you're not having fun. So I got some guys and girls that are going to make it really fun.
"I like to tailgate and mess with fans before the show, and after the show play music or drink too much. When there's fun backstage it translates to the show and the crowd can feel it. If we don't make the show the best it can be, it's a waste of time."
To check out the photos and video follow Dierks on Twitter. @DierksBentley