Chesney Plays First of Two Gillette Stadium Shows

posted August 26th, 2017 at 8:24 am

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by Josh

On Friday night Kenny Chesney played the first of two concerts at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Providence Journal has a review of the show:

In the only stadium stop on his brief, unnamed summer tour, Kenny Chesney and guests treated the Foxboro faithful on Friday to a six-hour explosion of summer tunes and Chesney’s unique version of country storytelling.

With one foot in country music and another in the world occupied by boys of summer like Jimmy Buffett, Chesney kicked off his sold-out, two-show stay at Gillette Stadium with a two-hour set that spanned his 23-year recording career.

Calling Boston the birthplace of No Shoes Nation, the name he’s given his fan club, the ever-hyper Chesney ran onstage wearing a Patriots tank top and his guitar for a fast-paced version of “Beer in Mexico” that had his and three other guitars sizzling rock-and-roll style. The rock flavoring continued through a lackluster version of “Reality” and a peppy “Living in Fast Forward.”

While there were a few lulls for songs like “It’s Gone” and “Somewhere with You,” Chesney proved the ultimate showman and storyteller with an energetic and vocally solid delivery of “Summertime,” “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” “How Forever Feels” and “She’s From Boston,” one of the 30 songs on the live album he’s releasing at the end of October. Eleven of those songs, including that one, will be from one of his 16 Gillette shows.

One of country music’s most detailed and animated storytellers, Chesney covered a wide range of topics in the 21-song set, touching on youth in “Young” and “American Kids,” love with “Anything but Mine,” and small-town memories in “All the Pretty Girls” and “I Go Back.”

Read the full review.

Photo by Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

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