A Behind the Scenes Look at Kenny’s Tour

posted August 20th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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by Josh Martn

Last week the New York Times profiled “Kenny Chesney, Inc.,” and now the Boston Globe has an article on what it takes to produce each stadium show. They’ve also got a time-lapse video of the construction of the stadium stage.

“Kenny’s special,’’ says Trunnell, a friendly Kentuckian who has worked for Chesney for seven years and previously logged miles with Elton John and Britney Spears, among others. “He’s not the artist that goes to the hotel or just flies in for the show. He has breakfast, lunch, and dinner with us. He comes in and out of the production office. He sees the whole process of the stage being built. He knows all the crew members by name. There’s not other artists that do things the way Kenny does it.’’

Different from an amphitheater like the Comcast Center, where there is a fixed stage, a stadium show requires that everything be built from the ground up. The construction starts nearly a week before the show, says Wannebo.

“The stage shows up in 13 trucks,’’ says the veteran who has worked with everyone from Van Halen to Hall and Oates. “The steel takes 30 hours to build.’’ The staging team works until Thursday. Friday morning the actual production equipment arrives in 16 trucks, and it takes nine hours to build, right up until sound check.

Be sure to read the full article and see the video here.


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  • Rosi

    The final installment in a series that looks around, behind, and off the stage

    Was there another installement?

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