Kenny Chesney is gearing up for the Oct. 28 release of his new album Cosmic Hallelujah, and to celebrate he gave fans of his SiriusXM channel No Shoes Radio (Ch. 57) the exclusive opportunity to hear the album in its entirety before itâ€™s released and ask him their most burning questions.
â€śThis is what No Shoes Radio is all about,â€ť Chesney said. â€śGoing direct to the people who love this music as much as we do â€” and giving them the chance to get inside these songs in a very personal way. This record has had a very unusual path, and I am so glad people are finally hearing this music.â€ť
SiriusXMâ€™s Town Hall with Kenny Chesney will premiere on Friday, Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. ET on No Shoes Radio (Ch. 57). The exclusive album preview special will air the day before on No Shoes Radio at 6 p.m. ET.
Kenny Chesney sat down with GQ Magazine and laid out his insane workout and diet schedule.
Chesney may sing about boats, beaches and Barbados, but his health ethic is dead seriousâ€”especially for a guy who grew up in Tennessee, a place not particularly noted for its judicious approach to portion sizes. Today, at 47, it’s still paying dividends.
“I felt better on stage than I’ve ever felt this past summer,” he tells us. “I wasn’t feeding my body negative things. I wasn’t killing myself in the gym, but working real hard when there. When I was 27, I didn’t have to make those decisions. Now I do.” The main decision? “If anything takes away from me being able to do that, it’s not in my life anymore.”
See what Kenny eats every day and how he works out over at GQ.com.
You probably first saw the ad during the CMA Awards back in November. Kenny Chesney discusses the collaboration with Apple Music in this interview with Good Morning America:
“The fact that I can take my fans by the hand and drag them along with me is pretty exciting,” he said. When asked why he decided to lend his name to the Apple Music platform, Chesney said, “Because I love music and my fans love music, and we can share that together like we have is beautiful.”
Kenny Chesney recently gave Rolling Stone a great wide-ranging interview covering many topics. Be sure to read the entire article here, but below are a few highlights, including discussions of next year’s tour and future tours that might take a different format:
“The last 15 years of my life, the very next day after the last show, I fly south and wake up and get on my boat, and I can hear the ringing in my ears from all summer,” he tells Rolling Stone Country.
“The end of the tour is a lot like the last day of school,” he says, just prior to the luncheon. “There’s this double-edged sword. You’re tired and ready for a break but you don’t want it to end because you wake up the next day and there’s nowhere to go,” he says with a laugh.
But of course, for Chesney there is his traditional end of tour trip to the islands with his band and crew, numbering 110 people this year.
“We’re just celebrating the fact that, first of all, we have music in our lives and we get to share it with each other and all the faces we got to share it with. And the flip side of that coin is to blow off a whole lot of steam,” he says, clearly relishing the idea of that relief valve.
“The business of doing business always has you thinking about it,” he says. “But the one thing I loved about The Big Revival was that we didn’t make that record in a cycle. I would love to have new music next year for the tour but I will tell you I’m not going to let next year’s tour dictate new music.”
The entertainer envisions taking another break at some point and switching up the way he tours. “I’ve never gone overseas,” he muses. “I think it would be fun to take a couple of acoustic guitars and go to Ireland and Australia and just play and film it. And then come back the next half of the year.”
Chesney is also attracted to the idea of a small venue tour where he can sing some of his more contemplative material, maybe hitting a theatre on the Wednesday night before his stadium show on a Saturday. “I think it would be fun for me and the fans that really love those songs and never get to hear them. That’s something we may do. I can see myself really loving that. Feeding my soul and theirs, but still keeping the business model that we have out here.”
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.”