Trip Around The Sun Tour Kicks Off in Tampa

posted April 22nd, 2018 at 2:35 pm

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by Josh

Kenny Chesney kicked off his 2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour Saturday night in Tampa.


photo by Luis Santana | Times

The Tampa Bay Times has a review of the show: “Kenny Chesney goes big all night in Trip Around the Sun Tour opener at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium”

You could drop all kinds of stats trying to size up Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour, which launched its 2018 run at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium Saturday night.

There’s the end zone-swallowing stage, 180 tons thick and half a skyscraper high. There were the 55,292 fans who essentially sold the place out, and the crew in the hundreds it took to make the whole train go.

But Chesney himself might just direct your eyes to the north end of the stadium, where he had the Buccaneers’ pirate ship draped in a sail-sized skull-and-bones flag tatted with the words NO SHOES NATION.

Yep: For his first Tampa show in five years, the country superstar commandeered one of the city’s iconic structures and branded it in his own image, like everything else in his increasingly Buffett-like empire.

“Five years is too long to stay away from Tampa Bay, and for that, I apologize,” Chesney told the masses. “But, if all you people let me tonight — let me and my band and my road family — we’re gonna take you by the hand, and we’re gonna make love to you all night! And I promise we will make up for all five years we did not come here!”

It was personal for Chesney, kicking this tour off in Florida. Ever since Hurricane Irma ripped through his beloved Keys and Virgin Islands last fall, he’s been an active advocate for relief and recovery. He spent most of the week here rehearsing, and was rewarded with his largest audience ever at RayJay.

Read the full review


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