Padres ace pitcher joins Chesney on stage in San Diego

posted May 30th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

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by Josh Martn

San Diego Padres ace pitcher Jake Peavy joined Kenny Chesney on stage on Thursday night at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater to help Kenny sing his new hit song “Better As A Memory”. From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Jake Peavy may be on the disabled list, but his voice was in fine form when Kenny Chesney coaxed him from the wings for a surprise onstage appearance Thursday night at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre.

“Jake, you sing pretty good,” Chesney said after the Padres’ pitcher joined him for a few lines of the country superstar’s bittersweet ballad, “Better as a Memory (Than as Your Man).”Both have Southern roots. Chesney hails from Tennessee; Peavy is from Alabama.

It’s not the first time Peavy has been linked to Chesney.

Last October, a New York Times article noted that before pitching a game against the Colorado Rockies, Peavy was in the Denver clubhouse “strumming a bat like an air guitar” to Chesney’s hit, “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem.”

Read the entire article here.

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L.A. Times Review of Staples Center show

posted May 29th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

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Randy Lewis of the L.A. Times has a review of Kenny Chesney’s show at the Staples Center on Wednesday night:

There’s cause to celebrate any time a musical juggernaut as meticulously planned and well-oiled as one of today’s arena pop concert tours deviates from the script.

Even when, as was the case at Kenny Chesney’s show Wednesday at Staples Center, the outcome isn’t inspired musical spontaneity, but more like closing time at the karaoke bar.

One reason this 40-year-old from Luttrell, Tenn., keeps taking home entertainer of the year awards from the major country music trophy-giving bodies is that it’s so abundantly clear how much of himself he invests in every performance. So when it appeared he had blown out his voice around the 90-minute mark during his first show in three years in L.A. proper, he trotted out some celebrity vocal power to help him make it through the rest of the night.

That happened to be rap-rocker Uncle Kracker, who had successfully collaborated with him on his 2004 single “When the Sun Goes Down,” and who took the lead on a handful of songs as the show drew to its sputtering conclusion. Then, to the screaming delight of the near-capacity crowd, Chesney coaxed Cracker’s boss, Kid Rock, from the wings onto the stage for some hand-waving neo-country/rock/hip-hop cheerleading.

Read the entire review here.

Chesney played the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in San Diego Thursday night and will play at the University Of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday.

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Two Interviews Reveal Personal Frustrations In Last Few Years

posted May 28th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney recently gave two interviews where he speaks a lot about his career and his personal life. Here’s an excerpt from the first from “Kenny is a hot ticket”

“I remember being in a Laundromat in college doing our laundry. And we were talking about wouldn’t it be great if we could get one song on the radio and all of us go out on a tour bus, just for one summer, and have a great time, just experience it,” he recalled, then laughed: “This is our 16th summer.”
“I’m really proud of my career, and we did it with a lot of hard work and having a lot of fun,” he said, then chuckled when told that he has become the example other artists follow.
“I would love to go out and tour with him and see his operation,” said friend and vocal partner Tracy Lawrence. “It’s unbelievable how big his career has gotten.”

“When I hear that, it’s really flattering and it really makes me feel great,” said Chesney. “But when other artists say that, they have to understand that they have to sacrifice their whole life. Somebody said to me, ‘I think it’s great that you set aside a part of your life to give to your music.’ You got it all wrong; this is my life.”
“I work all the time; I’m gone all the time. I know I’m sacrificing relationships and I’m sacrificing being really close to my family,” he said. “But the good times definitely outweigh the tough times out here. I woke up this morning and I looked up and my bus is parked in front of the Cleveland Browns football stadium, for God’s sake.”
“Sammy Hagar is opening for me. Think about that,” Chesney said. “I remember being in my car going to high school listening to ‘I Can’t Drive 55′ as loud as I could possibly get it.”

Chesney is on the road through September. After that, he’ll return to his boat somewhere in the Bahamas and watch the sun move across the sky to the soundtrack of Bob Marley. After a month or so, he will probably pull his guitar out of the closet.

“I’ll start messing around. The next thing you know, I’m a verse and a chorus into the next song. That’s how it usually works. By the end of November, we’re already preparing to go through the next summer,” he said.

Read the entire interview with AZNightBuzz here.

Also, Chesney talks with Nekesa Moody of the Associated Press: “Chesney finds music, touring inspire him in tough times”

The year 2006 may have been another pinnacle in the seemingly unstoppable career of the country superstar, but it also may have been his most frustrating time as an artist —- and a person. Chesney was still reeling from his very public breakup of his brief marriage to Academy Award-winner Renee Zellweger (and the tabloid frenzy that followed), and felt particularly uninspired, even when it came to what he loved most —- touring.

“I wasn’t mentally ready to go on the road, after all the media stuff that happened with the breakup with Renee, I just mentally wasn’t ready to go, so all last year, even though I had fun and the whole tour was amazing … mentally I just wasn’t 100 percent there,” he admits.

He was even reluctant to work on a follow-up to his multiplatinum 2005 album, “The Road and the Radio,” which featured such hits as “Beer in Mexico.”

“Last year at the CMA Awards … he said to me, ‘I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get this record done; I don’t know what I want to say,’ ” Joe Galante, head of Sony Nashville, recalls Chesney saying.

Galante didn’t want to push his superstar to make a record he wasn’t ready to make. But he told him to take a crack at it, and see if something might give him inspiration.

Read the entire article here.

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Chesney Speaks About Upcoming University of Phoenix Stadium Show

posted May 27th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

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by Josh Martn

In an interview with Cathalena E. Burch of AZNightBuzz, Kenny Chesney talks about his upcoming show on Saturday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona:

In a phone interview from his tour bus last Friday, the country superstar said his stadium show is off-the-charts high-energy. He plans to squeeze in two, maybe three ballads, he said. He recently added his Top 10 single “Better As A Memory” to the playlist, and “I may do ‘Blue Chair,’ I’m not sure. For the most part, it’s a high-energy show,” he said.

“I’ve gotten more used to” playing stadiums, he said. “The first year we did it about three or four years ago there was a learning curve just in connecting with everybody. I think me and the guys have that down now. We spent so much time playing arenas and outdoor amphitheaters, we were pretty comfortable with ourselves up there on stage. Then all of a sudden we had another 20,000 to 30,000 people to sing to. It was a little different. Plus, there was a lot more ground to cover for me, and that’s tough ’cause I can’t sit still and listen to music at the same time. But they are great right now. The crowds are amazing. It’s a lot of fun to watch.”

Saturday’s show will run from 3-11pm, with performances by Keith Urban, Sammy Hagar, Gary Allan, and LeAnn Rimes. Get tickets to the show here.

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This Week On Tour: LA, San Diego, Phoenix

posted May 26th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

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by Josh Martn

After performing a show at Browns Stadium to 45,000 people on Saturday night, Kenny Chesney takes his Poets & Pirates Tour to the west coast this week for shows Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday:

  • Wednesday, May 28th – Staples Arena – Los Angeles, CAget tickets
  • Thursday, May 29th – Coors Amphitheater – San Diego, CAget tickets
  • Saturday, May 31st – University of Phoenix Stadium – Phoenix, AZget tickets

Enjoy the show(s) for those of you that are going!

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Browns Stadium hosts Chesney and the “Poets and Pirates Tour”

posted May 25th, 2008 at 12:51 am

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The home of the Cleveland Browns played host to Kenny Chesney and his Poets and Pirates Tour on Saturday night. The 45,000 fans in attendance were treated to opening performances by LeAnn Rimes, Gary Allan, Sammy Hagar, and Keith Urban. Also, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland made a surprise appearance, singing “Stay” with Chesney. has a review of the show:

Browns fans attended a seasons worth of home games this past year, and walked away with wins (mostly) and no floods.

Browns Stadium had the same fortune Saturday, with a winning lineup of country stars (and one rock-n-roll interloper) as the Kenny Chesney Poets and Pirates Tour returned to the scene of last summers soggy stadium breakdown.

Chesney is the reigning Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year, for good reason. Hes not the reigning male vocalist of the year, for equally good reason.

Not since Garth Brooks launched his self-imposed hiatus has country seen an artist as vibrant and exciting onstage as Chesney.

But his thin voice suffers from a limited range. Fortunately, hes wise enough to tailor his songs to hide that weakness, and his concert to exploit his showmanship. He rolled through his many hits, like “Young,” “Back Where I Come From” and his new one, “Shift Work,” delivering charisma if not perfect pitch. He will sell out this city as long as he wants to make his way back to Cleveland.

Keith Urban was part of a quartet of opening acts that included chanteuse LeAnn Rimes, California crooner Gary Allan and hair-metal rocker Sammy Hagar. Quick, what doesnt fit in this picture? Heres a hint: You dont have to drive 55 to get to the right answer.

A surprise appearance by Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, who sang her other woman paean, “Stay,” gave the evening a special bent. But the biggest shock was Chesneys dead-on harmonies to accompany her. Where was that pitch control the rest of the night?

Read the entire review here.

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Chesney Among Top Country Music Earners

posted May 22nd, 2008 at 11:50 am

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney came in at #4 on Forbes’ “Top Earning Country Music Stars” list this year with $22 million in earnings.

Kenny Chesney comes in at No. 4 with $22 million in earnings. His Flip Flop Summer tour was one of the highest-grossing concert series of 2007, second only to the Police. He’s also an established songwriter–his tune “Never Wanted Nothing More” stayed on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart for 23 weeks.

Here’s a look at the Top 10:

  1. Toby Keith – $48 million
  2. Rascal Flatts – $40 million
  3. Tim McGraw – $23 million
  4. Kenny Chesney – $22 million
  5. Brooks & Dunn – $20 million
  6. Brad Paisley – $16 million
  7. Faith Hill (tie) – $12 million
  8. Keith Urban (tie) – $12 million
  9. George Strait – $11 million
  10. Alan Jackson – $10 million

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