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50K in Tampa for Chesney’s First Stadium Show

posted March 19th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

by Josh Martn

50,548 packed into Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday night for the year’s first Goin’ Coastal stadium show.

First appearing harnessed high above the 50-yard line, Chesney slowly zip-lined to the stage and tore off a few cookers, including Reality and Live Those Songs. The Tennessee star’s vocals were perilously low in the mix at first, a messy muddle for sure, but by the time Summertime and Beer in Mexico cha-cha’d around, the Sleeveless Wonder was coming in clear.

After working through the show with a similar set list to Thursday night’s show in West Palm Beach (except for “Me and You” replacing “There Goes My Life”), Chesney brought out the Zac Brown Band to rail off a few tunes.

Check out a photo gallery from the show at Tampa Bay Online.

(photo Chris Coyner)

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Kenny Rocks West Palm Beach to Open 2011 Tour

posted March 17th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

by Josh Martn

It was opening night for Kenny Chesney and by all accounts, he rocked it in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Kenny kicked the show off with his latest single “Live a Little,” which climbed this week to number 14 on the Billboard Top Country Songs Chart. A few other songs from the new album were played, including “Reality,” “Coastal,” “Somewhere With You,” and “The Boys of Fall.”

There were also some surprise guests… Mishka joined Kenny for “Don’t Worry ‘Bout A Thing” and Florida boy Jake Owen helped KC out with “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” And of course Uncle Kracker and Kenny performed “When The Sun Goes Down” together.

(photo by @ShelliB082507)

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Chesney Closes Out Craven Country Jamboree in Canada

posted July 19th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

by Josh Martn

On Sunday night, Kenny Chesney played north of the border at the Craven Country Jamboree outside of Regina, Saskatchewan:

“We’ve been on the road since 1983 and I’m quite certain we’ve never played here … What a crowd. We needed you,” the 42-year-old Chesney told the audience.

“Several hours ago on that highway out there, we pulled up on the bus and I have never seen so many campers in my life. I told my buddies, ‘If that was us, I know what we’d be doing.’ ”

What he was doing was putting on a dynamic and high-energy performance that proved he’s earned his reputation as one of country music’s top live acts. Taking the stage in his trademark jeans, sleeveless T-shirt and white cowboy hat, Chesney got the blood flowing with “Beer In Mexico,” “Keg In The Closet,” “Big Star” and “Summertime.”

Chesney’s music is about more than just the lyrics and tune — it’s a philosophy of life. “Don’t Blink” is a perfect example of how Chesney views life: “This song is about doing exactly what we’re doing here tonight, living life to the fullest and taking nothing for granted.”

He also understands the nuances of day-to-day life, from having fun and enjoying life to finding the love of your life. So his set list included fun tunes like “Living In Fast Forward,” “Young” and “When The Sun Goes Down,” and emotional songs like “Anything But Mine,” “Never Wanted Anything More” and “How Forever Feels.”

It would have been easy for Chesney to sit on his laurels — his 17 No. 1 hits make for an impressive resume — but he worked the crowd like a newbie trying to develop a following. A big show needs a big band and Chesney came armed with a big band — 12 musicians, including a four-piece horn section. Chesney was constantly in motion, working both sides of the stage and zipping out onto the catwalk at every available opportunity.

View the set list for the show here.

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Set List from Saturday Night’s Show

posted July 4th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney played The Joint again Saturday night in Las Vegas. The set list was largely the same as Friday night’s show, though Chesney played two more songs on Saturday for a total of 28.

Here’s the full set list (thanks to Steve and Krysten):

  1. Beer in Mexico
  2. Keg in the Closet
  3. Live Those Songs
  4. Big Star
  5. Guitars and Tiki Bars
  6. Summertime
  7. Ain’t Back Yet
  8. Don’t Blink
  9. Out Last Night
  10. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
  11. The Life
  12. I Go Back
  13. Anything But Mine
  14. Old Blue Chair
  15. On the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
  16. Key Lime Pie
  17. There Goes My Life
  18. Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven
  19. Back Where I Come From
  20. Living in Fast Forward
  21. Young
  22. Never Wanted Nothing More
  23. When The Sun Goes Down
  24. How Forever Feels
  25. Encore

  26. Hungry Heart
  27. Don’t Happen Twice
  28. Boston
  29. She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy

Did you attend either show this weekend? How was it?

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Set List from Saturday’s Vegas Show

posted May 21st, 2010 at 12:20 am

by Josh Martn

As you may have heard, Kenny Chesney played and played and played last Saturday night at The Joint in Las Vegas. Thanks to Steve, we have most, if not all of the set list from the show where Kenny rocked out 48 songs!

“We knew we were gonna be putting it up for another month, so we figured we’d go as long as they stayed… and we hit everything,” said Chesney. “I did ‘Hungry Heart’ acoustic… We played ‘I’m Alive’ for the first time, and ‘You Save Me,” half the Be As You Are record… a buncha covers form the Violent Femmes to Steve Miller… and we went and we went and they stayed and they stayed, and then we played some more.”

Here’s the set list (encores may not be in exact order):

  1. Living In Fast Forward
  2. Young
  3. Ain’t Back Yet
  4. Live Those Songs
  5. Beer In Mexico
  6. Keg In The Closet
  7. Out Last Night
  8. Guitars & Tiki Bars
  9. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
  10. I Go Back
  11. Anything But Mine
  12. Me and You
  13. The Woman With You
  14. Summertime
  15. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
  16. Never Wanted Nothing More
  17. When The Sun Goes Down
  18. Don’t Happen Twice
  19. How Forever Feels
  20. Encore

  21. Pride & Joy
  22. Ice Cream Man
  23. Rocky Mountain Way
  24. Take It Easy
  25. Hungry Heart
  26. Old Blue Chair
  27. Blister In The Sun (w/ Tambo)
  28. With Or Without You (w/ Tambo)
  29. The Joker / Three Little Birds
  30. I Get Carried Away
  31. I Like It, I Love It
  32. Last Dance with Mary Jane
  33. I’m On Fire
  34. Steamroller
  35. Pretty Women
  36. You Really Got Me
  37. I Want My Rib Back
  38. You Save Me
  39. On The Coast Of Somewhere Beautiful
  40. Drift Away
  41. The Fireman
  42. Life In The Fast Lane
  43. Free Fallin’
  44. Where Are You Going
  45. You Never Even Call Me By My Name
  46. Dixieland Delight
  47. Gimme Three Steps
  48. I’m Alive (w/ Tambo)
  49. Big Star

If you were at the show and remember a song or two that was missed, please e-mail me.

Update – Several of you e-mailed to say that Kenny also played “Something Sexy About The Rain” and “Boston.” Thanks to all of you that passed that along!

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60,000 Fans Turn Out for Chesney in Houston

posted March 5th, 2010 at 12:38 am

by Josh Martn

Fresh off his CMT Crossroads taping in Nashville on Tuesday, Kenny Chesney made his way to Houston, Texas Thursday night for a show at Reliant Stadium. The performance was part of the multi-day Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

The set list was similar to what was played at many of last year’s shows. Check it out here.

The Houston Chronicle has an article on the show:

The country superstar kicked off his Thursday set at RodeoHouston with Beer in Mexico and Keg in the Closet, tunes that had cups in the air
— alcoholic and otherwise. (It was his first show of 2010.)

This was Chesney’s first time back on the spinning stage since 2005 and his sixth overall appearance. He was backed by a band that was a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll and anchored by a horn section.

Chesney is an energetic performer, and his songs have connected in a big way with fans. He strummed a black guitar decorated with a skull and crossbones, pacing around the stage in a faded T-shirt and tight jeans.

Read the full article here.

Chesney’s next show will be in Las Vegas on May 14th, the first of four shows scheduled at The Joint at the Hard Rock in Sin City. View the 2010 tour schedule here.

(photo Mayra Beltran / Houston Chronicle)

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Review of Chesney in Salt Lake City

posted July 24th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

by Josh Martn

Last night Kenny Chesney played at the new Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Salt Lake Tribute has a review of the show that focuses on the not-so-intimate venue: “Rio Tinto stadium dwarfs Kenny Chesney concert”

For years, country superstar Kenny Chesney has been one of the most popular touring acts of any genre, blurring the line between pop and country while making his shows feel like one big party at the beach.

He continued his shtick without adding many surprises to a near-capacity crowd at a sweltering Rio Tinto Stadium Thursday, but the biggest disappointment was that his bells-and-whistles show still revealed the limitations of the newest venue in Utah, Rio Tinto Stadium.

The sparkling, still-impressive Rio Tinto is not alone in its problems. It is like every other stadium in the United States, where the design of the venue is usually to accomodate sports, and music is secondary. Despite great acoustics and a huge set with state-of-the-art lighting and visual elements, the stage, positioned at the far south side of the stadium, makes each performer seem so much smaller. Even someone like Bruce Springsteen, or an Old Testament prophet, would feel overwhelmed and distant in such a stadium, and that important personal communion between artist and fan is lost.

Read the full review. The Tribune also has a photo gallery from the show that you can view here.

Also check out the set list from the show here (thanks to Mike K), which included an extended encore of cover songs.

Update – On our forum, thefewsnafu tells us that Mac McAnally was at the show and sang with Kenny on “Down The Road” and also on some of the encores.

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