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Parade Magazine Interview and Photo Shoot with Kenny

posted August 5th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

by Josh Martn

Parade Magazine has an excellent interview with Kenny Chesney covering a wide range of topics, from football to marriage, having kids, playing at the Super Bowl, how he stays grounded, his new single, and much more.

Here are a couple excerpts:

Last fall, something inside Chesney changed.

“I was standing onstage last year, and I felt like I wanted to be somewhere else. No matter how many people were out there, it all just felt like a blank sheet of paper. You’d think I’d have been happiest in my life playing music in front of 50,000 people at Gillette Stadium. But let me tell you, it’s an odd feeling to feel alone in the spotlight.”

Today, dating is a whole new ballgame.

“The world is a different place now. I mean, if I go out with a girl, there is a possibility that she’s going to get up from the dinner table and go to the bathroom and use Twitter to tell everybody what she’s doing. And the next thing you know, everybody’s got a play-by-play of what you’re having for dinner. That would make anybody uncomfortable.”

The other misconception about Chesney is that he’s not comfortable without his hat.

“When I was 17 or 18, I’d take my helmet off on the field, and I’d see hair in it and go, ‘Good God! What’s going on?.’ It did bother me in college a little bit–going bald–but it doesn’t at all now. What’s ironic about it is that friends of mine in their 30s and 40s are just starting to lose their hair and are freaking out. I went through all that in high school.”

Read more excerpts from the interview here and here.

There is also an accompanying photo shoot that you can view here.

Look for the full interview with Kenny in the Sunday, August 8th issue of Parade, available in your Sunday newspaper.

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Chesney on Forbes Celebrity 100 List

posted June 29th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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by Josh Martn

Forbes is out with their list of the top 100 Celebrities and Kenny Chesney comes in at number 54 with $50 million in earnings, just ahead of fighter Manny Pacquiao and just below author James Patterson.

Chesney continued his reign atop the country music industry by out-touring everyone else. His 2009 tour grossed $71 million and brought in an average of $1.6 million every night, nearly doubling the box office receipts of his closest competitor, Keith Urban. Prominent sponsorships with companies like Corona and MasterCard keep tour costs down, making the tours even more profitable.

Number 54 is a sizable drop from last year when Chesney came in at number 31 with $65 million in earnings. In May, Forbes released their list of top country earners, which Chesney topped.

Number one on the list this year is Oprah Winfrey, followed by Beyonce, James Cameron, Lady Gaga, and Tiger Woods. Other country acts on the list include Taylor Swift (12), Rascal Flatts (62), Toby Keith (67), and Keith Urban (76).

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People Magazine Interview with Kenny

posted April 9th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

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by Josh Martn

The latest issue of People Magazine has an interview with Kenny Chesney where he talks about the reasons for slowing down this year:

The country superstar spent several weeks this winter in L.A. editing his new concert film Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D, and managed to squeeze in his first-ever Italian vacation.

“We went to Capri, Positano and a little town called Ravello,” Chesney says. “I ate a lot of bread, drank a lot of wine and ate some really good cheese. And it was great. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to go my whole life, but I never afforded myself the time to do things like that. Now it’s one of my favorite places in the world.”

Though taking the time off “was the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” Chesney says, “I’m so glad I made it. I haven’t felt this content in a long time.”

The drive that had made the singer the biggest North American ticket seller of the past decade had also taken a toll on his personal life. “Someone said ‘You sure do give a lot of your life to this’ and I said, ‘No, this IS my life.’ There’s no room for anything else. And that’s gotta change.”

Step one has been spending more time with the people closest to him. “I’ve been getting reacquainted with people who you shouldn’t have to get reacquainted with: my family,” he says.

Chesney, 42, is also opening himself up to romance. “If I want a relationship, I have to give to it too.”

Not that the singer is racing down the aisle. Although he has been dating Nashville nurse Amy Colley since 2008, “it’s not like I’m taking a year off so I can get married again,” he says. ” ‘Cause that could or couldn’t happen. But I want to put myself in a position to do it if it did happen. I want to put myself in a position to have a relationship in my life.”

He also has more travel on the horizon. “I want to go to places I’ve never been,” he says. “China? The Pyramids?”

“Who knows? I want to go explore,” Chesney says. “I want to taste everything. I want to take a big spoon, dip it in and taste it all.”

People.com also has a video up with some scenes from the photo shoot for the article. Check it out here (scroll down the page to find it).

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Kenny One of Rolling Stone’s Top Tours of Decade

posted December 11th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

by Josh Martn

Rolling Stone released their Music of the Decade issue this week and Kenny Chesney made one of the most prestigious lists, placing 3rd on the Top North American Touring Acts of the Decade list with $434.4 million in ticket sales.

Dave Matthews was first with $529.1 million and Celine Dion was second with $522.1 million.

Chesney came in ahead such heavyweights as the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Madonna, The Eagles, and Elton John.

(h/t to Kathy)

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Chesney Attends Hollywood Premiere of “Invictus”

posted December 5th, 2009 at 11:06 am

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by Josh Martn

Hollywood hosted the premiere of Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” on Thursday night and Kenny Chesney was in attendance with a handful of other celebrities including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Orlando Bloom and the stars of the film Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

“Invictus” is the true story of how Nelson Mandela and the mostly white South African rugby team won the Rugby World Cup shortly after apartheid had damaged the nation.

Chesney was in town to do voiceovers for his upcoming 3D movie, and described how he wouldn’t normally be able to do something like this because of the demands of planning a tour:

“It’s a powerful story. And you know anything Morgan’s in, he’s going to bring a lot of heart and humanity to the role,” Kenny said in a statement.

“You know, this is the kind of thing I don’t get to do when we’re building one of those tours… and it’s really nice to be able to share this kind of thing with my friends!”

(photo by Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

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No Reality TV for Chesney

posted November 25th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney’s life is “real enough”, so don’t expect to see him on reality TV or even acting on the big screen:

My life’s real enough, you know? I don’t think so. I really don’t. I just don’t think that I would. I would rather concentrate on tryin’ to connect with fans in the audience and tryin’ to write a great song and cut great music, and that takes up a lot of time, to be honest with you. I don’t think you’ll ever see me do that.”

Kenny adds that he lacks the desire — and the talent — to act. “I’ve even had a lot of people ask me if I want to act. I’m never sayin’ never, but it’s not something I wake up everyday wanting to do, and so I don’t think I’d ever take a year off to go do a movie or something. I wouldn’t be that good at it anyway. I think I realized doin’ the ‘You Save Me’ video where it took us three days to shoot three minutes of an opening of a video. I realized right then I wanted my day job back — that I was never gonna have the patience to act (laughs).” .)

(h/t to Bonnie for passing this along)

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Chesney Tops USA Today Tour List

posted October 26th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

by Josh Martn

USA Today is out with their list of the top tours of 2009 and Kenny Chesney is tops in not just country, but in all genres:

“You know,” says Kenny of the honor, “to me, it’s about rocking the fans… and I never want to have a ticket price that keeps the people who buy my records or listen to my songs in their truck from coming out and partying with us. If I can make sure there are always seats people can afford – and even try to keep the best seats where they’re reasonable for what they are – then I feel like I can keep having the party of the summer when I go out. Again, to me, it’s about that moment and having fun with your buddies.

“And when you look at some of the other names on that list, well, I’m blown away… cause those are some great shows, too! I know – I’ve been out to see a few of them when we were off, and to be in company with Elton John – who’s out with Billy Joel –, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen or my friend Dave Matthews, it makes you extra grateful that people chose to make you a part of their summer.”

Billboard’s Touring Editor Ray Waddell noted that for seven straight years, Kenny’s sold above a million tickets sales. Even on his shortest tour to date and charging the lowest ticket prices of any major headliner, he was also the only act on the list to play NFL Stadiums across the nation.

“I don’t think anyone sets up their concert schedule or their ticket prices thinking, ‘I’m gonna be the biggest tour on the road,” Kenny says. “But these are the moments that confirm what I already know: I have the best, wildest, most committed fans any artist could ever hope for. I like to think I live their lives with’em through my songs, and they’ve made my last 8 summers the best of a very, very good life by coming out to the shows they way they do.”

Read the full article here.

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