Blake Shelton will join some major stars on stage at the 2012 Indiana State Fair this August. Despite sharing the bill with classic rock legends Journey, pop vocalist Barry Manilow and pop sensations Train, Shelton is the highlight of the bunch for country fans and those who love him for his role as the nicest coach on ‘The Voice.’

Tragedy struck the Indiana State Fair last year just before Sugarland was about to take the stage to perform. Rough weather, high winds and stage-rigging error resulted in the deaths of seven people, with dozens more injured when the stage literally collapsed on the crowd just moments before the duo was introduced. In the past few months, the duo has made national headlines as they have testified about the incident, which is still causing much grief for friends and family members of the victims, as well as the band. Sugarland will go to trial sometime in 2013 or 2014 to determine who is responsible for the tragedy.

As the saying goes, though, the show must go on. But this year, Shelton, Journey, Manilow and Train will have to perform elsewhere in the fairgrounds, with the location to be determined. The Indiana State Fair will have a new venue for concerts in 2014, when the Pepsi Coliseum is planned to open.

Shelton is scheduled to deliver his ‘Red River Blue’ hits on Aug. 17. Tickets will range in price from $40 to $75 and are on sale now. Tickets for the concerts include entry into the fair, which is good for admission on any day of the fair’s run — Aug. 3-19.

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