Kenny Chesney was in Houston on Sunday night with his father to watch the Super Bowl. They were a guest of Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Late in the game as the Patriots were making a dramatic comeback, Fox would show live shots of Kraft in his suite with Kenny standing beside him.
Kenny Chesney performed on the eve of the Battle at Bristol on Friday night and his friend Peyton Manning joined him onstage.
It doesnâ€™t get much better in East Tennessee â€” on the night before a Tennessee football game, but really anytime â€” than a combination of Chesney and Peyton Manning.
The concert, on the eve of the â€śBattle at Bristolâ€ť between Tennessee and Virginia Tech, featured country acts Old Dominion and The Band Perry. By the time Chesney took the stage, the grandstand along the racetrackâ€™s backstretch was virtually filled. Many fans wore either Tennessee orange or Virginia Tech maroon.
Chesney, a lifelong Vols fan, stopped at one point during the high-energy show to tell the crowd about his days attending East Tennessee State University in nearby Johnson City, playing the bars in the area and working for a year at El Chico restaurant to raise enough money to cut an album in Bristol, Va., just across the state line. And as the final bars played from his No. 1 hit â€śThe Boys of Fall,â€ť an ode to football, Chesney motioned Manning from the wings, where heâ€™d been sitting and watching the show.
As the former Tennessee and NFL great appeared onstage, Chesney grabbed an acoustic guitar. He and Manning signed it. And then they walked together to the front of the stage.
As the crowd roared, Manning picked out a young fan wearing an orange Tennessee football jersey (No. 98, for 1998, when the Vols won the national championship). They pulled the boy onstage and presented him the guitar.
We are here this weekend to celebrate music,â€ť Chesney said earlier in the show. â€śAnd we are here to celebrate football.â€ť
And thereâ€™s no better way to celebrate it in East Tennessee than with Manning.
Kenny Chesney will play at “college football’s biggest tailgate party” this September in East Tennessee at Bristol Motor Speedway.
A concert of epic proportion is coming home to the Last Great Colosseum.
As part of the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol weekend, the ultimate tailgating vehicle, the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline truck will help kick-off festivities with the Honda Ridgeline Presents Bristol’s Tailgate Party starring Kenny Chesney. The East Tennessee native, hailed as “The King of the Road” by The Wall Street Journal and the only country artist on Billboard’s “Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years”, headlines a three-act concert on Friday night, Sept. 9, 2016.
Rounding out the talent-packed music ticket is The Band Perry, as well as Nashville’s Old Dominion. The tailgate event serves as a blockbuster kickoff to a weekend that will host college football’s biggest game ever, a legendary showdown between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.
“My days at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City are where I first learned to love what I do,” said Chesney. “I played a lot of music in the Bristol area during that time – and even made my first album there while still in college.
“I had a lot of dreams then, but never did I dream I would be playing at Bristol Motor Speedway. The idea of that was too big to dream. So to say I’m excited to be coming back to play in an area where this dream started is an understatement! Music and sports have defined my life, and it’s not every day an artist is allowed to combine the two for something as special as this.”
ticket pre-sale begins on Monday, June 6 with tickets for the general public going on sale on Wednesday, June 8. Tickets are available ranging from $39-$225.
Fans can visit www.BristolTailgateParty.com for ticket updates and details on weekend events.
Kenny Chesney made another appearance on ESPN’s Mike & Mike recently and told a funny story about college coach Bobby Bowden:
You can listen to more of Chesney on the show here.
Back in March it was announced that Kenny Chesney would co-chair the committee to raise funds for a football stadium for East Tennessee State University. Chesney released a statement on the effort:
â€śI believe there are two things in the world that really pull people together: sports and music,â€ť Chesney said in a statement provided to us by his publicist. â€śI know how big a part of my life they are. And over the years, the things Iâ€™ve learned growing up in East Tennessee have made a huge difference in my life. So to be able to help East Tennessee State raise the funds for a stadium seems like the best way to inspire generations of young people coming up and looking to make their mark on the world â€“ whether they play there, go to games with their friends and make memories or learn how to dream.â€ť
Seven months after announcing the partnership with Chesney the university is well on its way to its fundraising goal. In fact, Carter says ETSU has identified roughly $20 million in funding for the stadium. The universityâ€™s goal is $26.6 million.
Carter says no matter the degree of Chesneyâ€™s involvement the university is already grateful.
â€śHeâ€™s known the world over and I think his passion for this university is a great asset for us,â€ť Carter said. â€śKenny is what Iâ€™ve called one of the crown jewels of this university. Heâ€™s just got so much credibility and so much talent. Heâ€™s an icon and for him to take his time and for him to allow us to utilize his name in support of this effort it tells a lot about what kind of person he is and how much he loves where heâ€™s from. There are members of his camp that are also East Tennessee State University grads and are lifelong friends that have personal investment to see us do well and want us to succeed in everything that we do and that makes it very special.â€ť
Read more at WJHL.
Kenny Chesney performs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Saturday night, but he was already in town on Friday and stopped by the Chiefs training camp:
Chesney watched drills and chatted with members of the coaching staff on the sidelines. He also visited with coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey.
Chiefs fans at training camp were pumped to hear the country music star was showing interest in their team.
“I think itâ€™s great heâ€™s a Chiefs fan. Hopefully heâ€™ll wear some Chiefs clothing during the concert,” David Jefferson said.
“Itâ€™s pretty cool that heâ€™s here in St. Joe,” Josh Bethards said.
Even backup quarterback Aaron Murray was a little starstruck. He lamented over the training camp conflict.
“Iâ€™m a big Kenny fan,” Murray said. “I wish the concert was two weeks ago. But I have friends going so itâ€™s pretty cool.”
On Saturday night Kenny Chesney played his first stadium show of the summer, but before the show he helped the San Francisco 49ers out with their announcement for their fourth-round draft pick.
You heard Roger Goodell announce the San Francisco 49ers first-round pick on Thursday. Then, a day later, you saw soon-to-be Hall of Famer Charles Haley announce the team’s second-round selection.
What did the 49ers have in store for the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft?
The organization brought in some serious star power on Saturday, recruiting country music star Kenny Chesney to announce San Francisco’s fourth-round pick.
Asked if he heard the singer announce his name on national television, Bell told reporters that he missed the moment because of the uproar at his draft party.
“Did he really?” Bell said. “Oh man, that’s cool.”
Watch Kenny make the announcement here.