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Kenny Breaks His Own Record in Philly

posted July 14th, 2015 at 10:18 pm

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by Josh

Kenny Chesney performed last Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for the 8th time and set an attendance record:

The Tennessee native sold an impressive 55,131 tickets for the concert — his eighth visit to that particular venue in the City of Brotherly Love — making it the largest single-night country show ever at Lincoln Financial Field.

“It’s funny, when you go back to markets in this size venue tour after tour, you wonder if people are ever going to get tired of the big show, the long day — and listening to the crowd last night, they were as alive, as loud, as crazy about the music as they were in 2006,” Chesney says, recalling his first visit to Philadelphia nine years ago.

“Someone said we could’ve sold 15,000 more tickets easy, which seems crazy,” he continues, “only I heard that crowd. When they cheered, when they sang along, we could hear them onstage over all [those] instruments — and that’s saying something! Because, honestly, when a crowd’s feeling it, you can’t deny it, and when they’re not, that’s pretty obvious, too.”

“The folks in Philly really brought it,” he adds. “When I heard the crowd before we got out on stage, when the pre-tape is rolling, you knew friends were made, fun was had — and the reason they’d come out was more than met. After all these years, that’s everything about why I do this.”

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Miranda Lambert Duets with Chesney in Chicago

posted June 9th, 2015 at 3:10 pm

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by Josh

At his show on Saturday night in Chicago, Miranda Lambert came onstage to join Kenny Chesney for two songs.

Lambert took Grace Potter’s spot on “You and Tequila,” and also dueted on George Strait’s “Carried Away.”

From Taste of Country:

“Miranda is a fine artist and a world class singer,” Chesney said after. “To be able to sing with her on ‘You and Tequila’ was amazing, because of the grit she brings with the sweet.”
“After that, we couldn’t do just one.”

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Chesney Plays on the Beach at Tortuga Music Festival

posted April 12th, 2015 at 9:54 pm

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by Josh

Kenny Chesney has been on the road with The Big Revival Tour for two weeks now, and he’s already played eight shows, including Saturday night’s performance at the Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

SouthFlorida.com has a review of the show:

Kenny Chesney was only four songs into his performance but his shirt was already soaked with sweat, and with the Atlantic Ocean about 100 feet away he couldn’t possibly have been more in his element.

“Did I tell you we’ve missed you?” Chesney said Saturday night at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale.

Chesney took last year off from touring to recharge his batteries, but is back with a tour called The Big Revival. There was quite a video production moment before Chesney hit the stage, with a psychedelic bus appearing on the video screen, followed by several beach images, apparently from Jamaica.

A Rastafarian and a pirate then blurted “welcome to the show,” as did Willie Nelson, Vince Vaughn, Dick Vitale, John Gruden and others — before a video cut to Chesney on the beach, holding a Corona, of course.

Chesney, he of 26 No. 1s on the country charts, opened with “Drink It Up,” darting across the stage so fast, the four big video screens on stage showed his backside as much as his front. Next came “Reality” and “Beer in Mexico,” and with that he was on his way. The crowd was his.

Get your tickets to one of The Big Revival Tour stops here.

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Chesney Plays for 40,000 Fans on Gulf Coast

posted August 17th, 2014 at 8:37 am

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by Josh Martn

More than 40,000 fans packed the beach behind the Flora-Bama on Saturday evening to see Kenny Chesney’s only show of 2014.

photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

The Tennessean reviewed the show:

Performing for about 2½ hours, Chesney was as sweaty as his fans within just a couple of songs, giving his all through an eclectic set packed with new songs, old favorites and more.

The leader of the “No Shoes Nation” seemed humbled by his devoted audience, repeatedly showing his love for the tens of thousands in the crowd, as well as the 300 or so boats that anchored just offshore to watch the show, turning the Gulf of Mexico into a makeshift marina.

“I’m so proud to be here,” Chesney enthused from the stage. “Thanks everybody, I love you for this.”

Chesney said the concert was his first with his band in nearly a year, but there was no sign of rust in a performance that, from the stage, Chesney said felt “incredible.”

In addition to songs including “American Kids” from his forthcoming “The Big Revival” album and longtime favorites like “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” Chesney welcomed fellow country singer-songwriter David Lee Murphy to the stage to perform a pair of his hits, “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd.”

And while closing with a signature Chesney favorite, “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” he brought a young girl to the stage and presented her with an autographed acoustic guitar, then proceeded to sign autographs for about 10 minutes while the band played an extended version of the song.

Speaking after the show, Chesney said he really felt an outpouring of love from the audience.

“I knew I wanted to play somewhere,” he said via an email forwarded by his publicist. “I just missed it, and the fans so. Having spent a couple great afternoons at the Flora-Bama, I knew it was everything I love: the ocean, great people, good times, awesome music and plenty of time to spend just enjoying the moment.

“When I hit that stage, and heard the people singing every word of ‘Flora-Bama,’ which we just released last week, back to me, I knew we’d come to the right place. Like me, everyone in the ‘No Shoes Nation’ loves the same things I do, so what better place to kick-off ‘The Big Revival’? They were loud, they were proud — and they rocked me!

“I can’t wait to get back out there next year, and I think those fans were so incredible, this will hold me over until I do.”

Chesney’s publicist, Ebie McFarland with Essential Broadcast Media LLC, said 40,000 was a “conservative estimate” on attendance based on more than 32,000 wristbands distributed plus the fans without wristbands on boats, in the water, stacked up in area condominium balconies and parking garages, and the more than 3,000 fans inside the Flora-Bama itself during the concert.

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Chesney Rocks Philly This Weekend

posted June 17th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

by Josh Martn

After playing two shows on each of the past two weekends, Kenny Chesney took the Brothers of the Sun Tour to Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night.

Philly.com has a review of the show:

Another year, another sold-out mid-June Kenny Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field — it’s pretty much been a Delaware Valley tradition since 2007. True, in 2010, the pop-country superstar from Tennessee eased off regular seasonal stadium touring, but he did send out his concert movie Summer in 3D to make the rounds, complete with footage from Chesney’s June 2009 date with Philly at the Linc.

Saturday found the 44-year-old singer back in the football stadium with familiar trappings — Chesney beginning his two-hour-plus show from midfield, launched over the crowd on a chair suspended by cables leading him to the stage from above while singing and waving, capping another multiple-act bill with some all-hands-on-deck, rock-song covering and autograph-signing — but there were differences …

The most important departure was sharing the bill this summer in a near-double-headliner format with fellow behatted big-timer Tim McGraw on their “Brothers of the Sun” tour. McGraw — taller, leaner, and surprising tanner than the famously fit and beach-oriented Chesney — preceded his tourmate’s nighttime spectacle with more than 20 songs spanning his career, including the new tunes “Mexicoma” and the already popular set-closing “Truck Yeah.”

Read the full review here.

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Big Surprise Guest at Sunday’s Atlanta Show

posted June 3rd, 2012 at 10:53 pm

by Josh Martn

On Sunday, Kenny Chesney played his second stadium show in as many nights as the Brothers of the Sun Tour hit Atlanta.

The crowd got a big surprise when Georgia native Zac Brown came out on stage for renditions of “Knee Deep” and “Dixieland Delight.”

From the show wrap on Kenny’s official site:

And then there was the big highlight: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Zac Brown! “The thing I love most about live music is that it’s a shared moment. You never know who’s gonna show up,” Kenny said, as he introduced Brother Zac as “someone I really respect.” The two played an acoustic “Knee Deep,” then brought the band out to cover Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight.” And if anyone was prepared to doubt this crowd’s country credentials, all they had to do was take one look at what happened during the fiddle solo: the 46,000 people in this classy, urbane Georgia Dome audience kicked into one hell of a hootenanny.

Chesney moves the tour west next weekend with shows in Dallas and Kansas City. See the full schedule here.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a great review of the show here.

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Brothers of the Sun Tour Kicks Off in Tampa

posted June 3rd, 2012 at 12:06 am

by Josh Martn

After a long, cold winter the Brothers of the Sun Tour kicked off Saturday night with a show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

The lots around Raymond James Stadium started filling up at 10 a.m. with makeshift pirate ships, “Time Flies When You’re Having Rum” flags, tropical beach bars, cornhole games, bikini tops, beer pong, and at least one dude in a gorilla suit. Grown-up summer camp was officially underway here in No Shoes Nation! The party was up and running backstage, too, with sports-world superstars Jon Gruden, Steve Spurrier, Dallas Clark, Kirk Herbstreit, the great Dick Vitale, and a plethora of family and friends kicking back outside Kenny’s bus, enjoying the perfect Florida sun.

Concert goers were treated to openers Jake Owen and Grace Potter. Tim McGraw followed with an hour and a half long set, dishing out hits like Down on the Farm, Real Good Man, Something Like That, Live Like You Were Dying, and many more.

Grace joined Kenny during his set for “You and Tequila” and then Tim came out for an encore with Kenny where they did “Feel Like a Rock Star” and a few of their old hits.

Spoiler Alert: If you’d like to take a look at the set list, you can do so here (courtesy Bonnie!)

The Brothers of the Sun Tour continues Sunday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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