New Single Coming August 10th

posted July 24th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney’s latest single will hit the air waves on August 10th. The song, from an upcoming album, is titled “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” and has a calypso influence to it. has more:

Described as having a calypso influence, it was written by Nashville songwriters Jim Collins and Marty Dodson. Collins’ songwriting credits include Chesney’s “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” and “The Good Stuff.”

Chesney said, “Everything in that song is everything we all think. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go today. If you could pick, you wouldn’t pick right now. You’d want to live, to do more things, to have more fun.

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Review of Canandaigua, NY show

posted July 23rd, 2008 at 12:07 pm

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by Josh Martn has a review of Tuesday night’s show in Canandaigua, NY: “Chesney Stays on Top”

Kenny Chesney knows he has to do something very special to stay on top of the country music world.

So Tuesday night, he brought a big band to the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, 10 fine pieces strong, including a four-piece horn section to pour some soul into his work.

He brought an even bigger video screen, say, 100 feet wide and a couple of dozen feet high. Huge. Sharp. Forever active with live shots of Chesney and the band, video clips, panoramas of the crowd and even some good, old-fashioned film. The screen became an important supporting actor in the show.

Chesney armed himself with a good attitude, way more modest than the opening clip that featured stars as varied as Willie Nelson and Uncle Kracker dropping their pal’s name. His first proclamation to the crowd was a simple, “We’re proud to be here.”

Most importantly, Chesney, the band and the screen had all these great songs of his to perform.

Chesney is on top because he’s an exciting entertainer, using that solid Tennessee voice with just a hint of pure Southern accent to deliver 25 songs that touched on old stuff, new stuff and other stars’ great stuff.

Read the entire article here.

The Poets and Pirates Tour continues Thursday in Holmdel, NJ. On Saturday, Chesney plays the home of the New England Patriots – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Get tickets to these shows now!

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Chesney pays visit to the White House

posted July 17th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney visited the White House on Wednesday and sang the national anthem to open the first ever White House Tee Ball All-Star Game:

Kenny Chesney spent part of Wednesday afternoon (July 16) with President George W. Bush and Baseball Hall of Fame member Frank Robinson during the first-ever White House Tee Ball All-Star Game in Washington. The country star also sang the national anthem prior to the game that featured young athletes from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Chesney also sang at a dinner later in the evening:

Later in the evening, Chesney performed at a White House Social Dinner in honor of Major League Baseball.

Earlier this week, Chesney told People magazine that like most boys growing up he dreamed of being a baseball player. He says he wanted to be Pete Rose.

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Watch Chesney’s appearance on Conan O’Brien

posted July 16th, 2008 at 7:37 am

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney is in New York City this week for the All-Star game, among other things. He made an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on Monday night. has the full episode online and you can skip ahead to watch Kenny’s performance of “Better As A Memory” and also the post-performance interview.

Watch it here!

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Chesney hanging out in NYC next week

posted July 10th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

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by Josh Martn

The 2008 tour is halfway over, and Kenny Chesney is taking a break in New York City next week:

With the second half of his Poets & Pirates Tour underway, Kenny Chesney will take a break for a quick trip to New York City to perform on “The Late Show with Conan O’Brien,” do some press for the MasterCard Roots of Rock sweepstakes and attend Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, being played at Yankee Stadium.

“It’s getting to that part of the summer where home really is the road,” Chesney laughs. “Now our breaks are doing all kinds of other stuff… so it’s cool to be able to get back to ‘Conan,’ which is one of those shows that’s always sort of got us… and to be able to go to the All-Star Game, that it not only works out schedule-wise, but that it’s another one of the things, well, that is pretty cool.”

“And for me, getting to go to the All-Star Game… and be up close the way I’m going to get to be, well, those aren’t the kind of things I think any of us ever really dream of doing. So, this is gonna be work that’s a lot play, too.”

Having just played to 50,422 fans at Nashville’s LP Field, Chesney is no stranger to where the big boys play. With a stadium date this weekend at Atlanta’s Turner Field, Chesney’s Corona Extra-sponsored tour is bringing the summer alive in stadiums such as Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco,  Dallas, Baltimore and beyond.

“If there’s one thing I think me and the guys do is work hard and play hard – and if we’re really doing it right, you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference,” laughs the man who just had his 15th #1 with the two-week #1 “Better As A Memory” on the Billboard Country Singles chart. “There’s nothing we like better than getting out there and rocking… well, except getting to see some great athletes and a couple of our good friends doing the very same thing on a baseball diamond.”

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Poets & Pirates Tour number 4 in first half of 2008

posted July 9th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney’s Poets & Pirates Tour was the 4th highest concert attraction for the first half of 2008, according to the concert industry tracking publication Pollstar.

  1. Bon Jovi – $56.3 mil
  2. Bruce Springsteen – $40.8 mil
  3. Van Halen – $36.8 mil
  4. Kenny Chesney – $35.3 mil
  5. Michael Bublé – $32.5 mil
  6. Kanye West – $31.6 mil
  7. Jay-Z/Mary J. Blige – $30.7 mil
  8. Rascal Flatts – $25.4 mil
  9. Spice Girls – $23.3 mil
  10. The Police – $23.3 mil

Despite skyrocketing gas prices and a generally sluggish economy, the combined total of the Top 100 tours held steady at $1.05 billion, identical to the figure for the same period last year.

“The concert industry did far better in the first half of 2008 than it should have,” Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni said. “Despite the worsening economic climate, whatever it is that triggers the off-switch on consumer spending for tickets doesn’t appear to have happened yet.”

Bongiovanni noted that the bad news of a drop in overall ticket sales of about 1 million tickets, or 5.6%, was offset by an increase in average ticket prices of about 5.9%, to $62.07.

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Chesney plays to 49,000 at Nashville’s LP Field

posted July 6th, 2008 at 9:44 am

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by Josh Martn

LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee hosted Kenny Chesney’s Poets & Pirates Tour on Saturday. 49,000 fans packed in to hear Chesney and his opening acts: Next Big Star winner Double Trouble, Gary Allan, LeAnn Rimes, Sammy Hagar, and Keith Urban.

The Tennessean has a wrapup and review of the show:

Chesney is the only entertainer to headline the stadium since George Strait in 2000, and he has done so twice. He also played the field in 2006, drawing about 47,000 fans.

And this year, like then, festivities started in the parking lot long before the scheduled 3:30 p.m. start time. Thousands arrived hours early to tailgate before the eight-hour show.

“I think Kenny Chesney is the new Jimmy Buffet,” said Gene Cashman, a Nashville resident who arrived about 11 a.m. “We’re drinking and tailgating. It’s part people watching, and it’s a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends.”

Here was the set list from Chesney’s show:

Live Those Songs Again
Beer In Mexico
Keg In The Closet
I Go Back
Wild Ride
Big Star
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
Don’t Blink
Shift Work
Living In Fast Forward
Never Wanted Nothing More
Better As A Memory
Back Where I Come From
Stay (lead vocals by Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, with Chesney harmonizing)
Don’t Happen Twice
When The Sun Goes Down
How Forever Feels
Anything But Mine
She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy

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