On the day that Kenny Chesney turned 47 years old, a bunch of friends came out to celebrate as he kicked off The Big Revival Tour in Nashville.
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Chesney turned 47 on Thursday and by the end of the night, Eagles guitar player Joe Walsh was on stage leading the crowd in a version of “Happy Birthday” before handing Chesney a large trophy with the greeting etched in the metal.
But much music happened between the bookends.
Chesney kicked his show off with his show with “Drink It Up” from his 2014 album “The Big Revival,” and radio hits “Reality,” “Keg in the Closet” and “Beer in Mexico,” which he ended on his knees with his back on the floor under a guitar.
The singer, an eight-time entertainer of the year, greeted the audience with open arms and then did his best to hold them there for the rest of the night.
“Are we feeling good out there?” a well-tanned and toned Chesney asked from the stage, showing off his sculpted biceps in a sleeveless Grace Potter t-shirt.
Over the course of the concert, Chesney didn’t talk much – he just kept the hits and charisma coming. He fit a version of his stadium stage into Bridgestone Arena then glided across the structure and its catwalks with a grace, comfort and confidence of someone welcoming friends into his home.
His music touched every point his two-decade career. Fans sang “Summertime” along with him and nearly as loud as his state-of-the-art sound system. Audience members used their cell phones to light up the arena like fireflies during “Anything But Mine” and danced and sang along with “No Shoes, No Shirt No Problems.” “There Goes My Life” was just Chesney, the fans and a piano. He said he got several requests for “Old Blue Chair,” so he sang that and then had himself a celebratory drink.
“I don’t usually drink this, but when I do it’s going to be a long night,” Chesney told the crowd, taking a swig from a large, white cup.
When Chesney announced plans in January to kick his tour off in Nashville on his birthday, he hinted he may have special guests. He didn’t disappoint.
Taylor Swift was his first surprise of the evening. Fans snapped pictures of her watching part of the show from the audience. She strolled out on stage 10 songs into the set to duet with Chesney on his hit “Big Star” as the crowd gasped and erupted in cheers.
Grace Potter came out three songs later to perform “Wild Child” with Chesney, which is his current single on country radio. Chesney let his band take the lead on “Whole Lot of Rosie” and then talked to fans about the number of people that have supported No Shoes Nation, including Nashville songwriters.
He brought out David Lee Murphy, a country singer who penned several of Chesney’s hits, to sing his signature song “Dust on the Bottle” then asked him to stick around for “Party Crowd.”
Two songs later, Uncle Kracker showed up for four songs including “When the Sun Goes Down” and “Drift Away.”
“The party is not going to stop,” Chesney told fans at about the two-hour mark. “There’s going to be a lot of people a little late to work tomorrow and they’re going to say, ‘We went out last night,'” he said before he played his hit “Out Last Night.”
He brought Potter back out to sing “You and Tequila” in the encore and then closed with “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” which had fans dancing and swinging their arms in the air — except the show wasn’t over.
“I would normally end my show there,” Chesney told fans. Then he introduced the Eagles’ Joe Walsh.
“Are you ready to go home?” he asked his audience at one point. They emphatically shouted, “No.” “No? We’ll order breakfast.”
Walsh was on stage for four songs — not counting “Happy Birthday” — and countless guitar solos that included Walsh and the birthday boy dueting on “Life in the Fast Lane” and “All Night Long,” which ended the show well past midnight.
Read more at The Tennessean.
Here was the full set list (thanks to Tami)
1. Drink it up
3. Beer in Mexico
4. Keg in the Closet
5. Til it’s Gone
7. Rock Bottom
8. Pirate Flag
9. No Shoes No Shirt No Problems
10. Big Star with Taylor Swift
11. Somewhere With You
12. I Go Back
13. Wild Child with Grace Potter
14. Old Blue Chair
15. Fast forward
17. Whole Lotta Rosie
18. American Kids
19. Anything But Mine
20. There Goes My Life
21. How Forever Feels
22. Dust on the Bottle with David Lee Murphy
23. Party Crowd with David Lee Murphy
24. Never Wanted Nothing More
25. When the Sun Goes Down with Uncle Kracker
26. Follow Me with Uncle Kracker
27. Drift Away with Uncle Kracker
28. Don’t Happen Twice
29. Out Last Night
30. Boys of Fall
31. You and Tequila with Grace Potter
32. She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy
33. Rocky Mountain Way with Joe Walsh
34. Life in the Fast Lane with Joe Walsh
Happy Birthday by Joe Walsh and crowd
35. Life’s Been Good with Joe Walsh
36. All Night Long with Joe Walsh
When the Academy of Country Music holds their 50th anniversary awards show next month, Kenny Chesney will receive a special milestone award along with six other of the top ACM winners.
The Academy is handing out a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award to celebrate seven of their biggest winners, also including Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn. The honorees will be given a trophy specially designed by jeweler David Yurman, complete with black diamonds, sterling silver and white gold.
Garth Brooks has gotten the most ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies with six; Chesney has four and also got the first fan-voted Entertainer of the Year. Lambert has 18 ACM Awards, making her the most awarded solo female artist; McEntire has the most female vocalist of the year trophies with seven; Strait has won 21 ACMs over four consecutive decades; Swift was the youngest Entertainer of the Year winner at 21; and Brooks & Dunn have the most ACMs in total with 27.
Kenny will perform at the show and is up for four awards.
The 2015 ACM Awards will air live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on April 19 at 8 PM ET on CBS.
USA Today has a good interview with Kenny Chesney on his The Big Revival Tour, which kicks off this Thursday!
When the country star kicks off The Big Revival Tour 2015 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Thursday, he’ll need only to move his rig down the hall. Chesney has rehearsed the tour, which will play arenas and stadiums through the summer, inside the venue for the past several weeks. The tour starts on the singer’s 47th birthday. “My mom wanted to be with me on my birthday,” says the Tennessee native, “but I wanted to open my tour on my birthday, which meant I had to do it pretty close to home.” The 53-market tour will include 10 stadium shows with Jason Aldean and five with Eric Church.
Chesney has been getting in road shape since January. “We usually start like a baseball team,” he says. “We’ve got spring training, then we start in March or April. Leading up to then, I’m really strict with my diet.” In addition to an intense one-hour workout daily, Chesney eats no carbs after 5 p.m. “And that’s tough. But I eat a lot of vegetables.”
Read more of the interview at USA Today
There’s plenty of time to get tickets to one of Kenny’s shows this summer. Find tickets now
Kenny Chesney, one of East Tennessee State University’s most notable alumni, is helping raise funds for a new stadium as the school relaunches their football program:
At a conference in front of fans and the entire ETSU football team, the school athletic department announced plans for the new facility.
According to ETSU, the stadium will cost more than $26 million. And while the school has reached a major milestone, they still have a long way to go to raise that money.
“We are more than halfway towards that level, we are on a time frame in which we’re able to break ground in November, December, so in order to break ground, according to state policy, we must have funds in place for Phase One,” said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland.
Noland said the majority of the funds already raised have come from a new student fee that supports football. But with approximately $13 million left to raise, university officials are going to be more aggressive than ever.
“We’re going to be out and talk to anybody we welcome anybody to be a part of this and we’re not going to stop until it’s done, we’ve got to see it through,” said Scott Carter, Senior Associate Athletic Director and former ETSU football player.
That includes bringing in the big guns, country superstar Kenny Chesney, and former Volunteer Head Football Coach Phil Fulmer.
Kenny Chesney, arguably ETSU’s most famous alumnus, agreed to co-chair the fundraising committee and said in part, “I couldn’t be more excited that college football is returning to Johnson City and upper East Tennessee… I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of that in a small way and can’t wait for kickoff.”
No Shoes Radio will air a two hour special on Wednesday, March 18th at 12pm ET to help kick off The Big Revival Tour, which launches in two weeks.
The special will preview Chesney’s first road trek in two years by packing music, fan blasts, and specific memories from every market on the tour into its two hours. Chesney, Jon Anthony, and Mark Tamburino collaborate on the off-the-cuff special, which will repeat on March 18th at 6p (ET) before going in to a daily rotation for the next week at www.NoShoesRadio.com and via the Kenny Chesney and No Shoes Radio mobile apps and distribution partners.
“So much has happened over the years,” explains Chesney. “When you sit down and start looking at the places we’re going, the stories just emerge. Going through the schedule with Tambo, who was there — and Jon Anthony who watched from the outside — it brings back a lot of memories for all of us. If the fans ever wonder what they mean to us, or what they’ve helped us build, all they have to do is tune in and listen. It’s all there: the good times, the crazy moments, the thinks like the Spread The Love Fund that made all of us think and, above all, some of the very best nights of all of our lives. I was pretty fired up to get out there already, but thinking about the people we’ve met, the adventures we’ve had, well, that takes it to another place.”
The Big Revival Tour kicks off in Nashville on Thursday, March 26th. Get tickets to the tour now!
The Academy of Country Music has announced performers for this year’s ACM Awards, the 50th annual ceremony.
Kenny Chesney will perform, along with Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Eric Church, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line.
Leading the pack in nominations is Miranda Lambert with eight. Kenny is up for four awards.
The 2015 ACM Awards will air live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on April 19 at 8 PM ET on CBS.
The Academy of Country Music announced that the ACM Party for a Cause Festival will feature an unprecedented lineup of country music legends and this year’s ACM Award nominees and chart-topping artists including Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Darius Rucker, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line and more to be announced in the coming weeks. The two-day outdoor music festival celebrating the 50TH ACM Awards will take place on April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas and be taped for a two hour special, “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets!,” which will air on Friday, May 15 on the CBS Television Network.
Ticket packages to the ACM Party for a Cause Festival including the 50th ACM Awards are available now at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes but as staging changes became final for the ACM Awards, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards were added and are now part of this package. Additional festival performers and lineup details will be announced in the coming weeks.
“For the Academy’s milestone anniversary, we wanted more fans than ever to join us in our party and we thought it was a perfect fit to combine the ACM Party for A Cause Festival and our annual CBS special into one historic event,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “Fans and viewers can expect a night of surprises from an all-star lineup of performers who have graced our ACM Awards stage throughout the past 50 years.”
The 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival, beginning at 12:00 PM on April 17-18, 2015, will include multiple stages for ongoing LIVE country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, and much more, all leading up to the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be broadcast LIVE for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Proceeds from ticket sales for the 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival will benefit ACM Lifting Lives®, the charitable arm of the Academy.