This week Billboard released a list of the Top 25 Live Acts since 1990, and Kenny Chesney is one of three country acts on the list, and the only one in the top 10.
“You look at a list like this… with so many iconic rock acts, people like Madonna or Elton John, and you think, ‘Man,’” said Chesney. “When you get on the bus for the first time, you’re just hoping people will come. You never expect to be in this kind of company, unless you’re buying a ticket.”
Here’s the top 10:
- The Rolling Stones
- Bruce Springsteen
- Bon Jovi
- Elton John
- Dave Matthews Band
- Celine Dion
- Kenny Chesney
- The Eagles
According to Billboard, in the past 25 years Kenny Chesney has grossed $752,706,599, with 12,681,629 in attendance at 755 shows.
George Strait came in at #19 and Toby Keith landed at #22.
See the full list at Billboard.
The tweet gives no details. In fact, it only gives a date, with nothing else. But there’s only one date that Kenny Chesney fans are waiting for… the release date for his new album.
That date is Tuesday, September 30th, 2014.
Speaking to The Tennessean a month ago, Kenny revealed he’d been in the studio working on the new album for the past “five or six months.”
When he announced he’d be taking 2014 off to focus on creating new music, Chesney said “you get to a point when you’ve made a lot of albums and you need to challenge yourself, to really make the record the focus, to ask yourself what you want to say … and not just cut songs because they fit what people expect,” he says.
“It’s a lot harder to find those songs than you’d think, and writing takes time — to think, to live, to be.”
On Saturday night, Kenny Chesney played an acoustic show at the House of Blues in New Orleans to benefit Drew Brees’ Dream Foundation and Matthew McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin Foundation.
Chesney got some help from Reese Witherspoon on the Johnny Cash song “Jackson”:
In an interview with The Tennessean discussing the upcoming charity show in New Orleans, Kenny Chesney revealed that his new album will be released in the Fall:
“Having spent the last five or six months in the studio, I am so ready to get out there and play,” Chesney told The Tennessean in an exclusive statement. “Even though we’re making music, it’s not the same and I can’t wait to be in a room with the energy of the people…have that feeding back at me, getting all that coming back at me.”
Chesney has been working on his new album, which will be released in fall 2014, since October. For this show, he will play a one-hour acoustic set.
“Now other people will benefit from all of us getting together in the name of songs — and remembering all the things that music makes us feel,” Chesney said of playing for “two of my best friends’ foundations.” “That just makes something so fun worth so much more.”
“Drew and Matthew set the bar — for working hard, for giving back, for inspiring others,” Chesney said. “They inspire me. And if I can go play songs and help them raise money for their foundations, which do so much good, I’m happy to. When you factor in that I’ve been cooped up, not really playing, and I’m ready to get out there with some people… It’s a little selfish, cause the audience makes me feel so good! But having done this, I already know: we’re gonna have a ball, and no one will get out of there without a smile on their face.”
Read the full article here.
Kenny Chesney will perform a one-hour acoustic set at the House of Blues in New Orleans on May 17th to benefit Drew Brees’ Dream Foundation and Matthew McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin Foundation.
A pre-sale for Kenny Chesney Fan Club members begins Friday morning, May 2nd, at 10am CT. Tickets are general admission and cost $350, with all proceeds going to the two charities.
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Chesney performed a similar show for the two organizations in 2012.