Chesney Talks Baseball on All Star Day

posted July 10th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

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by Josh Martn

You already know Kenny Chesney is a huge football fan… but he’s a big fan of baseball too.

Major League Baseball’s All Star game is tonight and Kenny Chesney is interviewed in the official program. The Boot has some excerpts:

“These are guys who are also in the public eye and share the limelight, who worked really hard to get where they are and sacrificed a lot do what they love,” Kenny says.

While he doesn’t have to stare down 95-mph fastballs, the superstar says rocking a packed stadium can be as nerve-wracking as playing in a big game.

“I try not to think about that too much because like a ballplayer, I get more anxious than nervous,” he said. “I’ve made plenty of mistakes onstage, whether it’s falling or forgetting the words, and it will happen again. But like a baseball player, if I can connect for a high rate of success, like a .330 hitter, then it’s a great show.”

Kenny roots for the Boston Red Sox — growing up without cable in Tennessee, they were one of the few teams he was able to follow on TV — and as such, he was thrilled to become friends with onetime BoSox first baseman Kevin Millar, even if he’s a horrible singer.

“Kevin is a big kid at heart and a great guy who I’m still close with today, but he came up on stage when we were playing in Toronto and sang his favorite, ‘Old Blue Chair,’ and it was just a terrible version!” Kenny says, calling Millar the worst ballplayer he’s ever performed with.

Like many Americans — and indeed, many people around the world — Kenny has always bonded with his father over baseball, and as he explains in the interview, he had the chance a few years ago to take his father to one of the last-ever Yankees-Red Sox games in the original Yankee Stadium.

“It was a dream,” says the singer. “There I was with my father in the Yankees dugout, this very historic place where a lot of my dad’s heroes sat and played. It was a great father-son moment for us.”

In 2008, Kenny had the honor of singing the national anthem at the White House Tee Ball All Star game.

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Watch Kenny on NBC’s 4th of July Special Tonight

posted July 4th, 2012 at 3:16 am

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney will provide the sparks on tomorrow’s iconic “Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular” with a performance of “Summertime” and “Come Over,” the Top 5 single from his new album ‘Welcome To The Fishbowl.’

Airing July 4 at 9pm ET / 8pm CT on NBC, the event will also feature Katy Perry and host Regis Philbin, as well as an intricate, 25-minute “Ignite The Night”-themed display with more than 40,000 fireworks, making it the largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the US.

Happy Independence Day to all of our American friends!

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Kenny Gets Special Gift in Pittsburgh

posted July 2nd, 2012 at 1:59 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney kept the Brothers of the Sun Tour going this weekend, playing shows in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. At the Pittsburgh show, Kenny received a very cool gift:

That’s Chesney’s sixth sellout for a team that won six Super Bowls, so in honor of that he was presented with a cast iron Six For Six plaque that he proudly displayed on stage.

“I believe this might be the best gift I’ve ever gotten on the road. It epitomizes all the heart and energy and passion that this crowd has, that this town has,” said the country star and former Tennessee high school football player.

Since 2005, Chesney has sold more than 300,000 tickets at Heinz Field. Along with the plaque, Chesney was given a Steelers helmet signed by Hall Of Famer Franco Harris.

If for some reason, he needed a quarterback, there were some good ones visiting him backstage: Ben Roethlisberger, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly.

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