L.A. Times Review of Staples Center show

posted May 29th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

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by Josh Martn

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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