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Chesney Calls Philly Cop That Was Shot Multiple Times

posted June 29th, 2016 at 12:28 pm

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by Josh

Last week a police officer in Philadelphia was shot seven times in the line of duty. The officer was planning to attend Kenny’s concert on Saturday night.

Officer Christopher Dorman’s story even got the attention of a country music star. Dorman, who was planning to attend a Kenny Chesney concert in Philadelphia Saturday night, said in a video from his hospital bed: “Hey Kenny, don’t forget me.”

Chesney gave Dorman a shout-out at the concert but mistakenly announced to the crowd that Dorman had died. The star later called Dorman to apologize and wish him the best.

Dorman was released from the hospital on Monday!

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Wall Street Journal Chronicles Chesney’s Tour

posted May 27th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

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by Josh Martn

The Wall Street Journal chronicles Kenny Chesney’s tour success, noting that he’s sold more tickets the past decade than any other act.

In the music industry, a stadium concert is the ultimate rock-star status symbol: Few acts can sell enough tickets to fill one, let alone a multitude of such venues year after year. Superstars Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake had to team up to book 14 stadium shows this summer. Mr. Chesney is doing 18—a typical summer run for him. Less-frequent tours by blue-chip artists like the Rolling Stones, Madonna and U2 may grab more headlines, but their numbers are dwarfed by those of Mr. Chesney, a 45-year-old country rocker whose onstage uniform is a cowboy hat with the brim pulled low and a sleeveless T-shirt that shows off chiseled biceps.

Through relentless touring year after year, Mr. Chesney (who seldom performs overseas) has sold 9.8 million concert tickets since 2003, the year he graduated to stadiums, for a gross of $608.6 million, according to Pollstar. His closest rival in tickets sold is the indefatigable Dave Matthews. who mostly sticks to arenas and amphitheaters. Bruce Springsteen, no stranger to stadiums, sold 5.5 million tickets over the last 10 years for a gross of $460.5 million.

Read the full article here.

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Kenny on the Cover of Men’s Health

posted May 17th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

by Josh Martn

The June issue of Men’s Health features Kenny Chesney on the cover. In the accompanying article, he discusses how he keeps himself in shape.

Chesney’s goal isn’t muscle. “I don’t go in here and try to bench-press 200 pounds,” says the cover boy of the June issue of Men’s Health, his first major men’s magazine cover.

But he can do 300 pushups in 10 minutes.

He says he just wants to maintain energy for his two-hour concerts in summer humidity. “You think you’re sprinting on this treadmill,” he says. “When I’m up there it’s like I’m at a constant sprint at a 15 level. But the thing you have onstage that you don’t have in the gym is adrenaline.”

Chesney’s trainer, Daniel Meng of MUV Fitness Coaching in Nashville, has worked with the singer for more than a decade. Meng says their training plan starts in January with total-body conditioning and ramps up as they get closer to tour time, when Meng tacks on 15 minutes of high-intensity interval training to the end of a 45-minute strength-training session.

“It’s a very intense workout routine usually reserved for athletes,” Meng says, “but Kenny has a certain standard he holds himself to when putting on a show, and it’s my job to get him there.”

Chesney also closely monitors his diet, he tells Men’s Health.

“Growing up in East Tennessee, everything you do revolves around food,” he says. He doesn’t eat many dairy products, hasn’t touched salt in 10 years, hasn’t had bread “in a while.” He watches what he eats during the week, but allows Sunday to be a cheat day.

He adds, “I’ve never abused my body with drugs. I’ve never smoked. But I will say that I’ve probably been overserved a lot. You can’t spend 19 years on the road and not have a few drinks.”

Read the full article here.

Chesney was also featured in Men’s Health last year.

(hat tip Judi)

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The Tennessean on Chesney CMA Entertainer Snub

posted October 4th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

by Josh Martn

Despite selling over a million copies of his latest album, and over a million tickets to his shows this year, Kenny Chesney was not among the nominees for CMA Entertainer of the Year this year. Peter Cooper at The Tennessean breaks it down:

“We’re talking about Kenny (expletive) Chesney,” says Louis Messina, who promotes Chesney’s stadium and arena shows. (And who also promotes the wildly successful Ms. Swift, the only other contemporary country artist who can sell out stadiums with regularity.) “I know I’m biased, but for him to get totally dissed is a crime and a joke. Not even in the top five? What’s the criteria for entertainer of the year?”

According to the Country Music Association, the entertainer award goes to an artist who displays the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field, with consideration given to recorded performance, in-person performance, staging, public acceptance, attitude, leadership and overall contribution to “the Country Music image.”

So, clearly, Chesney does not qualify.

Theories abound as to why Chesney has joined the ranks of Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith, recording artists who often can be found near the top of sales charts and ticket tallies but are regularly snubbed in the entertainer race.

Some say Chesney should have played a Nashville show to impress industry voters. (Because he’s an unfamiliar commodity?) Some say he lost his place when he took off the summer of 2010 to recharge. (Because this year’s awards should be dependent on last year’s productivity?) Some say he lost out because of inner-industry vote-trading and “block voting,” wherein company bosses instruct all employees to vote for a particular artist. CMA officials have repeatedly said precautions are in place to deter block voting and that precautions are evaluated every year to make sure they’re effective.

Read the full article here.

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Forbes List of Highest Paid Country Stars

posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:37 am

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by Josh Martn

Forbes is out with their annual list of the top-earning country musicians and Kenny Chesney is once again on the list, coming in at #6 with $30 million:

Last year’s top earner took it easy this year, with only 24 dates in a twelve-month span from 2010 to 2011. Still, Chesney’s concerts gross an average of $1.6 million every night, landing him solidly among the highest-paid country stars. His latest album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, spawned three No. 1 singles and was certified platinum in August of 2011. A radio standby, Chesney raked in an estimated $7.5 million in royalties in 2010.

Chesney topped the list in 2010 and 2009.

Here’s a look at the top 10:

  1. Toby Keith – $50 mil
  2. Taylor Swift – $45 mil
  3. Brad Paisley – $40 mil
  4. Tim McGraw – $35 mil
  5. Rascal Flatts – $34 mil
  6. Kenny Chesney – $30 mil
  7. George Strait – $24 mil
  8. Alan Jackson – $22 mil
  9. Carrie Underwood – $20 mil
  10. Sugarland – $18 mil

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Minnesota Governor a Chesney Fan?

posted November 3rd, 2010 at 11:49 am

by Josh Martn

It appears the outgoing governor of Minnesota and possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is a Kenny Chesney fan:

Tim Pawlenty says he will not make a decision on a presidential run for 2012 until early next year, but he does already have his eyes set on Florida. Pawlenty joked with ABC News’ John Berman that he has aspirations of opening a margarita bar in the state after finishing his term.

“I’m going to open a margarita bar in South Florida and play some Kenny Chesney music,” the governor said.

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Chesney Makes Surprise Visit to Gibbs High School

posted August 26th, 2010 at 9:21 am

by Josh Martn

On Wednesday night, Kenny Chesney went back where he came from… to Gibbs High School in Corryton, Tennessee. Kenny surprised the football team, visiting with them and then screened “The Boys of Fall” documentary.

His secret visit to the Corryton school on Wednesday was all because he wanted to give the current group of players a sneak peak of something very special.

“You all grew up just like us,” Chesney said. “You drive the same road we drove, you obviously played on the same football field we played on and walked through the same halls, so it’s really a special time for me to come here and play you guys this. A game we all love.”

Watch WVLT’s report below:

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