It’s only June, but Kenny Chesney has already sold over 1 million tickets this year.
Maybe it’s the 19 stadiums… Or the fact that it started in March… But when the tour accountant for the 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour did his tally last weekend, he couldn’t believe his eyes. Here, in the second weekend of June, Kenny Chesney had already sold over a million tickets! The man The Wall Street Journal has hailed as “The King of the Road” has sold 1,089,000 tickets – and is still selling!
“I don’t think about stuff like that,” Chesney says. “All I’m trying to do is make sure that for that one night when people come out to party with us, they forget what’s wrong, they have all the good time they can handle and they go home feeling like they had the best night of their summer. If I can do that with music, then I feel like I’ve done what I set out to do… cause for me, that’s what music is for!”
Having sold in excess of a million tickets on each of his past ten tours, Chesney has become the mark of summer for people coming of age over the past decade. With The Philadelphia Inquirer raving about last weekend’s sold-out show for the fourth straight time, “Saturday night’s stop of Chesney’s No Shoes Nation tour at Lincoln Financial Field was packed to the rafters with fans who’d tailgated like it was a Sunday at an Eagles game…It’s this common touch with common folk that keeps him uncommonly beloved.
“I’m glad people hear their lives in this music,” he says of his enduring success. “I am always humbled when people tell me they plan their summer around coming to the show, because I remember being that kind of fan. I try to be the artist I would’ve wanted my favorite singers to be – and make sure that we give people the best show we can every time we get up there. To me, that’s the most important thing… and the fans can tell.
“Maybe that’s why we’ve hit that million ticket mark so early this year.”
Kenny Chesney released his next single “When I See This Bar” last week and country radio made it the most added song:
“I think it’s happened to everybody,” he said. “You walk into a place where you really came of age, and you look around and realize that nobody there knows anything but all that happened there with you and your friends. But for you, it’s all still so real: right in that moment, right in that place. All the memories rush back – all the fun, all the crazy stuff you did, all the lessons and heartbreaks.
“Having played it for people since the record came out, I started to realize: what’s so incredibly personal for me is just as personal to every one I’ve played it for,” he continued. “Only they all have a very specific bar where it happened to them! Hung out with friends, fell in love, fell apart – and that’s why I figured this did make sense as a single.”
GAC will air a documentary on Kenny Chesney next Wednesday entitled No Shoes Nation.
GAC cameras follow Kenny Chesney to Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Tampa, Jacksonville, St. John, and Barbados as he kicks off his No Shoes Nation tour. This exclusive special features a variety of performances, interaction with fans, and a glimpse at how Kenny created his own signature rum.
When GAC approached Kenny Chesney about filming a documentary on where he is in his career, he readily agreed, eager for the chance to balance the personal nature of his Life On A Rock album with his high energy stadium shows, all while celebrating his fans. Kenny Chesney: No Shoes Nation premieres June 19 at 10/9c on GAC.
“When we were finishing Life On A Rock, which was a collection of songs that were never meant to be part of an actual album, it occurred to me how thin the line between the music, me and my fans really is,” Kenny said. “I realized not only were those songs my fans’ lives, too; but that my fans like their lives with every bit as much heart, as much passion as I do — I wanted a special that showed them how they look to me, too.”
Produced by Shaun Silva, the 60-minute documentary was filmed in Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Tampa, Jacksonville, St. John and Barbados during tour rehearsals, in the islands, at club gigs, stadiums shows and all sorts of places in between, giving fans a 360 degree picture of what it’s like to be Kenny. The documentary contains candid interviews and conversations that aim to reach those who love not just Kenny, but his music.
Kenny Chesney performed at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday night, and in an interview discussed how he’d love to face Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay
Chesney with Phillies in 2011
“I talked to (Phillies pitcher) Roy (Halladay) and I told him that I want to face him in a simulated game action,” Chesney said. “I want him to bear down on me like it’s the seventh game of the World Series. I just want to experience what that feels like.”
Well, Phillies fans and Chesney know that it’ll be at least another two months before Doc can operate on the mound after undergoing shoulder surgery. The odds of Halladay turning back the clock to his halcyon days aren’t great.
If Doc passes on pitching to Chesney, it’s not going to change the singer’s opinion of Halladay.
“He’s a great guy,” Chesney said. “I would love to face him, but if not, he’s always welcome to come to my shows. I love it when players come out and see me.
“I understand that when I’m in Philly, they’ll be in the middle of their season. But two years ago, a couple of the Phillies — Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt — came to see a show I did in March in Tampa because they were in spring training. That was fun.
“I’m a huge sports fan. I can’t get enough of baseball and football. It blows me away what these athletes can do.”
“It is cool to do what I do,” Chesney said. “But it would be incredible to have one major-league at bat or to have the chance to face someone like the great Roy Halladay. It would be cool to experience that just once.”
Kenny Chesney’s next single to hit country radio is “When I See This Bar.”
Kenny Chesney‘s new single ‘When I See This Bar’ will draw comparisons to many a John Mellencamp song, and with good reason. The acoustic-electric mix sounds like something the Cougar may have cut years ago. There’s an anthemic feel to his story of small (island) town life. But most importantly, the lyrics feel as genuine and honest as the rocker’s best-known hits.
There’s no doubt ‘When I See This Bar’ is Chesney’s story, and he tells it well. The song doesn’t just celebrate the virtues of a place to find friends and maybe some stress relief. The singer is honest in admitting it can be lonely at times.
What do you think about Chesney releasing this track as his next single?
Kenny Chesney worked out with the Seattle Seahawks football team on Friday before performing tonight at CenturyLink Field.
Chesney took a break from the stage to practice his football skills alongside the Seattle Seahawks at the Virginia Mason Athletic Facility in Renton, Wash. on Friday.
“I met [the team’s coach] Pete a couple of years ago at our show at the Tacoma Dome,” Chesney says of his invitation to the country star.
“We kept in touch and when we were coming he asked me if I’d like to work out with the team. I didn’t have to think about it … The answer was, ‘Yes!’ ”
In between picking up a few pointers from wide receivers Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice during drills and admiring the athlete’s abilities, Chesney worked with the 2012 Pepsi Rookie of the Year, quarterback Russell Wilson.
The experience tops his time tossing a ball around with his bandmates, jokes Chesney.
“You know when you’ve caught a pass from Russell Wilson. It’s not like when we play football backstage … it’s pretty serious. And I caught a few of ‘em, too. So it was a really good day!” he says.
You can watch a video of Chesney working out with the Seahawks here. Also view a photo gallery here.