Chesney Performs in Tornado-Ravaged Tuscaloosa

posted May 26th, 2011 at 8:11 am

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by Josh Martn

It’s been nearly a month since the town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama was hit by a massive tornado, but on Wednesday night the town got to forget about it for a while. Kenny Chesney performed under clear skies for over 7,400 fans and donated the proceeds to the recovery efforts.

Although potential storms were predicted for later in the night, there wasn’t a cloud up above the waving inflatables, the lines of early eager fans and Hooters girls perched out front.

Even the Federal Emergency Management Agency workers handing out information on givetuscaloosa.com, dedicated to storm relief, were smiling and moving to the music.

They might have been influenced by the star’s generous donation of all artists’ fees for himself, his band and management and booking representatives to Tuscaloosa for its ongoing recovery.

Chesney gave a short heartfelt speech to lead into the emotional highlight of the evening.

“The whole world knows this town is hurting,” he said. “And the fact you came to see us play means a whole lot of money is going to help Tuscaloosa.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be playing here; we only do this song when we play here,” he said, launching into “My Home’s in Alabama,” with the help of several thousand voices. The concert was sold out, at about 7,470 seats.

About halfway through the show, he brought out Muscle Shoals singer-songwriter Mac McAnally, a regular with Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, to play and co-sing the McAnally song “Down the Road,” which Chesney took to No. 1 in 1990.



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