Oprah Country Special to Re-Air This Week

posted July 25th, 2009 at 10:09 am

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by Josh Martn

The country music special on the Oprah Winfrey Show that originally aired back in April will re-air this Wednesday, July 29th.

The episode was taped on March 26th, and Kenny sings “Down The Road” and then a medley into “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.” After singing he sits down for an interview with Oprah.

Also on the show are Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, and Sugarland.

We have the videos in our Video Gallery, but if you want to watch the full episode be sure to check your local listings!

(hat tip to Katie for passing this along)

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Review of Chesney in Salt Lake City

posted July 24th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

by Josh Martn

Last night Kenny Chesney played at the new Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Salt Lake Tribute has a review of the show that focuses on the not-so-intimate venue: “Rio Tinto stadium dwarfs Kenny Chesney concert”

For years, country superstar Kenny Chesney has been one of the most popular touring acts of any genre, blurring the line between pop and country while making his shows feel like one big party at the beach.

He continued his shtick without adding many surprises to a near-capacity crowd at a sweltering Rio Tinto Stadium Thursday, but the biggest disappointment was that his bells-and-whistles show still revealed the limitations of the newest venue in Utah, Rio Tinto Stadium.

The sparkling, still-impressive Rio Tinto is not alone in its problems. It is like every other stadium in the United States, where the design of the venue is usually to accomodate sports, and music is secondary. Despite great acoustics and a huge set with state-of-the-art lighting and visual elements, the stage, positioned at the far south side of the stadium, makes each performer seem so much smaller. Even someone like Bruce Springsteen, or an Old Testament prophet, would feel overwhelmed and distant in such a stadium, and that important personal communion between artist and fan is lost.

Read the full review. The Tribune also has a photo gallery from the show that you can view here.

Also check out the set list from the show here (thanks to Mike K), which included an extended encore of cover songs.

Update – On our forum, thefewsnafu tells us that Mac McAnally was at the show and sang with Kenny on “Down The Road” and also on some of the encores.

Tagged in Set Lists, Show Reviews, Tour

Sun City Carnival Tour Stays out West

posted July 23rd, 2009 at 3:06 am

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney and his Sun City Carnival Tour stay out West this weekend with shows in Salt Lake City, Utah and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Tonight Chesney will perform at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, home of the Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake. Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum will open the show. Sugarland was scheduled to perform but we do not know if they will or not due to Jennifer Nettles’ recent vocal issues.

Then on Friday and Saturday night Kenny will perform at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

If you attend any of these shows please share your experience on our forum and pass the set list along to us.

Check out all tour dates on the 2009 Sun City Carnival Tour.

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Further Statement from Chesney on Sugarland

posted July 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

by Josh Martn

After some fans expressed displeasure on blogs/forums/twitter, etc. about the recent Sugarland concert cancellations, which included Saturday night’s Sun City Carnival Tour stop in San Francisco, Kenny Chesney has issued another statement:

“It was really sad to see the way some people reacted to Jennifer needing to cancel her appearance in San Francisco last weekend — and it seems to me we should all be concerned about her long-term vocal health more than any single show that she may not be able to do.

Naturally, I’m disappointed she’s not out here with us — because she is a friend as well as an act I know the fans enjoy — but I think it’s more important that she have the time to heal properly, rather than forcing herself to try and rush back onstage. I know she’ll be back before the summer and can’t wait to have her back out there. But it’s about doing the right thing and we should all be supporting her in that.” says that Sugarland will not perform at Thursday night’s Salt Lake City show with Chesney.

(hat tip to everyone that passed this along)

Tagged in In The News, Tour

Chesney Comments on Sugarland Cancellation

posted July 21st, 2009 at 2:32 pm

by Josh Martn

This past Saturday Kenny Chesney performed at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Sugarland was slated to perform but had to cancel due to vocal issues with Jennifer Nettles. Kenny has put out a statement on Nettles and the AT&T Park show:

“We totally understand about Jennifer,” Chesney says. “She needs to take care of her voice and I completely support that. It let Miranda and Lady A have some extra time to really stretch out and show people a little bit more of their stuff, which was great cause I think every act out there is that good.”

And on the AT&T Park show itself Chesney says “this was one of the prettiest days we’ve had on this tour. This has been a tough summer for the fans in terms of being worried about their jobs, worried about money, and the idea that we can give people a day off from that to come out with their friends and have some fun… You know any day we can make somebody’s world rock a little bit, well that’s a good day.”

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Nettles Explains Recent Show Cancellations

posted July 20th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

by Josh Martn

Many fans that attended the Kenny Chesney show at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Saturday night were upset that country duo Sugarland canceled on short notice.

Folks arriving Saturday for the big country show at San Francisco’s AT&T Park were greeted with a sign saying Sugarland — No. 2 on the bill behind Kenny Chesney — would not be performing because singer Jennifer Nettles had lost her voice in the recording studio.

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush posted a message on YouTube explaining their recent cancellations (full video below the text and hat tip to Country Standard Time).

“Nobody panic,” Nettles said with Kristian Bush next to her. “The truth of the situaition is we are are very disappointed to not be able to be with you tonight. The reason being…I’ve been dealing with stuff since January that has put me beyond vocally off and on. . We went into the studio between being out on the road, and I sang too much, and I blew my voice. It’s like a muscle. It’s like another part of your body. If you sprainit or strain it, you have to heal it or you bill break it. I don’t want to break it.”

“Everything’s ok. I’m not sick or I’m not dying. I thought about making up a really good story that I was binging on opium.”

“It sucks,” said Nettles. “I hate it that I can’t be there with you and that we can’t be there and do these shows. We wanted most to be there most to be there, if anybody wants it.”

“We will see you out on the road very soon,” she said.

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AT&T Park Hosts the Sun City Carnival

posted July 19th, 2009 at 10:49 am

by Josh Martn

The Sun City Carnival Tour took over the home field of the San Francisco Giants Saturday night as Kenny Chesney performed for 40,000 fans at AT&T Park. Sugarland was scheduled to play before Chesney but canceled because Jennifer Nettles apparently lost her voice in the recording studio:

Folks arriving Saturday for the big country show at San Francisco’s AT&T Park were greeted with a sign saying Sugarland — No. 2 on the bill behind Kenny Chesney — would not be performing because singer Jennifer Nettles had lost her voice in the recording studio.

The sign offered refunds but also stated that Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Chesney would play longer sets to make up for the absence. In actuality? Not so much. Chesney just pulled out his standard 90-minute set, and the whole evening was over by 10:40. Though the set was thoroughly professional and technically accomplished, and packed with familiar singalong hits — generally about partying, rose-colored nostalgia, the beach, or some combination thereof — it certainly lacked the sense of an event that last summer’s installment had, when Chesney was joined onstage by Sammy Hagar and Steve Miller. There wasn’t much magic.

View the set list from the show here.

Update – Full review from Mercury News: “Kenny Chesney is a pro, but his show at AT&T Park was a bit of a bummer”

Tagged in Set Lists, Show Reviews, Tour


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