GAC has an article detailing how Dave Matthews and Kenny Chesney hooked up for the “I’m Alive” duet that is currently at #12 on the charts:
“I had already written ‘I’m Alive,’ and Dave told me he loved that ‘I’m Alive’ song and that he felt like that would be something that would fit on one of his records to stand alone,” Kenny recalls. “I said ‘Well, why don’t we try doin’ it?’ And then … it was just magic in the studio when we did it.
I didn’t realize how natural my voice and his voice would sound together, you know, ’cause it’s completely two different styles. We come from completely two different worlds. I mean he was born in South Africa. I was born in East Tennessee. So it just goes to show you how universal music can really be.”
Kenny Chesney’s latest single “I’m Alive” continues its climb up the charts, gaining two spots to number 12. It’s the ninth week on the Billboard Top Country Songs Chart for the duet with Dave Matthews.
Justin Moore eclipsed Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” to take the number one spot with “Small Town USA” after Aldean held it for four weeks.
You can preview and download “I’m Alive” below from Amazon or get it from iTunes.
The second to last concert on the Sun City Carnival Tour at US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois broke several records for the venue:
A week to the day after Kenny (Sept. 24, 2009 A.K.), life goes on. But will we ever be the same again?
Dunno yet, but the folks over at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum have gathered up some mighty intriguing stats that will definitely live in infamy.
Courtesy Traci Andracke, who filled GO! in a week ago on all the pre-concert intrigue, here’s some post-concert fallout:
• Records obliterated: 1. Fastest-selling concert in Coliseum history (3 min.); 2. Largest number of patrons under Coliseum roof for one event (8,256); 3. Highest-grossing concert in Coliseum history ($$ are top secret; we’d have to kill you if we told you).
• Suds soaked: Though Kenny’s fans aren’t huge munchers (Andracke says concessions sales were unremarkable), they are big-time swillers, soaking up 100 kegs of Bud and 5½ pallets loaded down with hundreds upon hundreds of Corona cans (official tour sponsor).
• Trivia we learned: Corona doesn’t do kegs.
• Secure in their skin: Whereas the average Coliseum show employs 18 security guards, it took a whopping 74 to secure Kenny (granted, officer, the tailgate party and caravan of vehicles helped up the ante).
• To heck with Margaritaville: The Prairie Thunder locker room was transformed, says Andracke into “a Caribbean wonderland” dubbed “The Vibe Room,” off limits to all but Kenny & Co.
• Featured there: A fully stocked tiki-style bar, open all day/night … the eight inflatable palm trees mentioned in last week’s GO! story … video screens playing footage from past Kenny concerts … one “scantily attired inflatable female pirate” (we’re tellin’ your mom, Kenny!) … six live Hooters girls recruited from the local Hooters ranks (paging Kenny’s mom again).
The music video for Kenny Chesney’s latest single “I’m Alive” will debut next weekend (Oct. 2-4) on CMT:
Set to begin Oct. 2, the videos will be featured throughout the weekend on CMT and CMT Pure and will be available the same day for free streaming exclusively on CMT.com. The videos include Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova,” Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice,” Kenny Chesney’s collaboration with Dave Matthews on “I’m Alive,” Keith Urban’s “Hit the Ground Runnin’,” Sugarland’s “Keep You,” Reba McEntire’s “Consider Me Gone,” Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar,” Billy Currington’s “That’s How Country Boys Roll” and Michelle Branch’s “Sooner or Later.”
Many of the videos will be introduced by the artists during segments created especially for the weekend.
Much of the footage for the video was taken at the NFL stadium shows, but some clips will be from the smaller keg shows that were played before the official start of the tour. Black and white photos of Chesney and Dave Matthews will be incorporated into the video.
“Shaun (Silva) and his guys have really been shooting this tour, but beyond the obvious stuff, they’ve been trying to capture who I am when I’m not on that stage or meeting people,” explains Chesney. “And there are a lot of times out there where I am thinking about all that’s happened, how we got here and what this music means, not just to me because to me it’s my life, but to the unbelievable fans who come out… how they get through stuff in their lives through these songs.”
“Somebody said to me that it’s been a long time since anyone’s seen my soul in one of these clips,” Chesney states. “And you know, they may be right… because you get so caught up in the energy, in the show, in the good times of these songs, why would you go there. But for this song, well, it just seemed like the right thing to do, and Shaun and his guys really captured the essence of who I am.”
Though Kenny Chesney is taking a year off from major touring next year, you can still expect him to do a few shows here and there.
According to GAC, he’ll continue his role in the Hard Rock Café’s international Ambassadors of Rock series. His recent show in New York City was part of this special tour.
“And I hope people understand, I’ve never been an all or nothing kind of guy,” he stated. “This doesn’t mean there will be no shows or no music. It means I’m not going to be staging a major tour – I’m not going to take two weeks off and be meeting with people to build a stage, to start thinking about how we can do the lights different and what the video’s gonna be.”
And memphistiger on our forum attended the Indy show and was told by Kenny’s road manager David Farmer at the No Shoes Radio party at Hooters to expect 10-12 shows next year. He said you’ll definitely be able to still see Kenny but may have to travel a greater distance to see him.
Kenny Chesney finished out the 2009 Sun City Carnival Tour on Saturday night at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The show was bittersweet for Kenny, as it was the final show of the year coupled with the fact that he is taking next year off from major touring. He had to fight back tears while singing “Better As A Memory” for the show closer.
Familiar songs were easy to follow. Thankfully, Chesney has no shortage of hits.
Most rolled out in recursive loops of lyrics focused on nostalgia, tropical fun and landlocked fun.
Yet amid “Live Those Songs,” “When the Sun Goes Down,” “Summertime,” “I Go Back,” “Beer in Mexico” and “Keg in the Closet,” Chesney carved out a serious streak with love/parenthood songs “Anything But Mine,” “Down the Road,” “Me and You” and “There Goes My Life.”
Chesney’s most personal moment arrived with show-closer “Better As a Memory,” an emotional challenge he nearly lost — perhaps because he’s announced there will be no blockbuster summer tour in 2010.
Read the full review here. The article also has a Photo Gallery with some great pics of Kenny during the show.
We’re still looking for the set list from the show. If you have it, please email it to us.