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Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation Tour Tops Billboard’s Boxscore

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Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Nation Tour Tops Billboard's Boxscore

While Kenny Chesney takes a little time before starting the follow-up to his 7thBillboard all-genre Top 200 Albums debut Life On A Rock, his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour continues making news. Having topped the Boxscores for the first three weeks of August, his August 23-24 shows at Foxboro, MA’s Gillette stadium turned out to be the highest grossing shows in the world – besting Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, EarlWolf featuring Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt at Paris’ Stade de FranceAugust 22.

“It’s hard to think in those terms,” Chesney says. “You know, I can only talk about the passion of my fans… and the way they come out there every year, and they sing so loud, they cheer so hard and they inspire me and the guys in ways they don’t even know! But the idea our 10th and 11th shows at Gillette Stadium were the biggest shows in the world? Well, that’s a tribute to the No Shoes Nation as much as anything.”

Gillette Stadium was where the No Shoes Nation was christened in 2012. To mark the event, the Kraft family, who own Patriots, have hung a banner that replicates the Super Bowl flags, from one of the top sections near the end zone that can be seen from the stage.

“Over the years, people have done some incredible things for me… Working out with the different teams, amazing gifts, donations to my charities, but I’ve never had anyone do anything like the Super Bowl banner marking the birthplace of the No Shoes Nation. And Robert Kraft tells me it’s not coming down, either.”

The No Shoes Nation has been out in full force this year. With only 42 shows on the books, albeit 19 stadiums, the NSN Tour hit its million ticket mark in May – less than two months after kicking off at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium – and has played to over 1.25 million fans this summer alone. To that end, Chesney topped Billboard’s cumulative Box Score for the first three weeks of August with three stadium and three amphitheater shows in Atlanta, E. Rutherford, N.J., Detroit and Charlotte, NC, Toronto and Bangor, Maine
and again Sept. 6th for his final three shows of the tour in Canandaigua, N.Y. and Boston.

“You don’t think about the numbers, you think about the faces… the smiles… the cheers… I think about all the kids I’ve given a guitar and a football helmet to every night…,” Chesney says. “To me, that’s what these summers, these tours are all about: the fans, and how they mark our life out here.”

The way faces and places mark your life has been a touchstone of Chesney’s music. So much so that a special live version of “When I See This Bar,” sung with Eric Church on the final night in Boston, has been sent to country radio. “If there’s anyone who understands what this song is about, it’s Eric! He’s spent his share of time in bars, and he knows the way those people, those friends, those moments make all of us who we are, and it was a pleasure to sing a song that special to me with an artist I respect as much as I do Eric.

“It was a great summer having Kacey Musgraves, the Eli Young guys and Eric out there with us. To see people so passionate about music, well, that’s what it’s all about.”

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Kenny Chesney Tops Hot Tours Chart With $10.1 Million Gross

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Kenny Chesney Tops Hot Tours Chart With $10.1 Million Gross

Kenny Chesney is No. 1 among the current slate of Hot Tours with box office grosses totaling $10.1 million reported from the final two stops on the No Shoes Nation tour. The first concert included in this week’s tally was a sold out amphitheater show in Canandaigua, N.Y. with 14,638 fans in attendance on Aug. 21.  That performance at CMAC Performing Arts Center, the final shed date on the schedule, was followed by a two-night weekend run at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., the last of 41 concert venues on the five-month tour that launched in March.  With a total attendance count of 109,207 for both performances, the Gillette concerts on Aug. 23 and 24 drew the largest crowds during the tour that included 17 stadium dates.

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Chesney’s No Shoes Nation tour wrapped with ticket sales topping $90.9 million from 44 performances.  With an overall sold ticket count of 1,186,925, it is the tenth consecutive Chesney tour to pass the one million mark in attendance.

Eminem ranks fourth on this week’s list of ten top-grossing tours with totals reported from his Aug. 22 performance at the Stade de France in Paris, one of the dates from his brief European tour during August.  Touring behind the release of his new single “Survivor” and prior to the November release of his next album, the rapper played to a sellout crowd of 71,542 at France’s national stadium.  With a slate of support acts that included Kendrick Lamar and EarlWolf featuring Odd Future artists Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, the concert grossed €4.5 million ($6.1 million) at the box office.

Phish earns this week’s No. 5 Hot Tours ranking with multiple-show runs in two western U.S. markets during its 2013 summer tour that began in early July and ran through Labor Day weekend.  This week’s tally includes $2.6 million in grosses from two dates promoted by Bay Area concert producer Another Planet Entertainment.  First was a two-night stint at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys casino in Stateline, Nev. on July 30 and 31 with sellout crowds for both shows.  Three sold out performances followed at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on August 2, 3 and 4 with a total of 26,288 tickets sold.

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Kenny Chesney: My Playbook For Life

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Kenny Chesney: My Playbook For Life

Kenny Chesney is not wearing a hat. That’s the old Kenny Chesney—or at least the public Kenny Chesney—the country mega-star who is forever party-ready, beck-and-call rowdy, always peering out at his fans from under a brim.

But last fall, something inside Chesney changed.

“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,” the singer-songwriter says, sitting in an overstuffed chair in his Nashville production office. He’s wearing jeans and sneakers and a T-shirt that exposes his buff biceps. A bottle of Corona is by his side. “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.” So the 42-year-old entertainer, who has sold more than one million concert tickets during each of the past eight summers, decided to sit out the season—surprising his fans and Nashville, but most important, surprising himself.

It’s said that rockers want you to forget where they come from but country stars want you to remember. This country star had to remind himself of his own roots. He spent his year off reconnecting with his family and hometown in east Tennessee, which culminated in his producing a documentary about the impact of high school football, The Boys of Fall, due to air on ESPN this fall. A reverie of innocence lost and manhood found, it features coaches and players from the pro and college ranks reminiscing about their times in high school. It also highlights a few small-town high school teams, including Chesney’s own former squad.

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“I felt as if I had lost my center,” Chesney says, explaining why he took the year off. “But sitting there talking to those coaches and hearing these icons of the game—their wisdom and philosophies about football, life, marriage, and love—relates to how I am now trying to find some balance in my life. It’s done more to inspire me than anything in a long time. I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t realize this film would do that for me.”

Chesney’s love of the game began on the football field of Gibbs High, near tiny Luttrell, Tenn., where he grew up. He didn’t go out for the team until his junior year; he played wide-receiver. “It all started for me on that field,” Chesney says. “Football taught me how hard you had to work to achieve something,” he says, his eyes lighting up at the memory of “knockin’ heads and talkin’ trash, slingin’ mud and dirty grass,” as he sings in his first single—also called “The Boys of Fall”—off his new album, Hemingway’s
, due out Sept. 28.

In high school, Chesney was too busy with baseballs and basketballs and footballs to pick up a guitar. That didn’t happen until he went to college and began to play local clubs. “When I was playing for tips in college, I felt a fire in my soul. I had the same principle of focus that I had learned playing football.

Yearbook photos of Kenny and other celebs who played high school football

“I stopped [touring] because I need to feed this,” he says, grabbing a fistful of his T-shirt right where his heart is. “I needed to reconnect with my family. I needed to reconnect with me. I needed to pick up the guitar just because. I needed to get that kind of heart back in my life.”

He takes a long, slow swig of his beer and rubs the birthmark on his right bicep. It’s an endearing, daydreamy gesture that emerges whenever he feels his innate sweetness begin to blur his party-guy image.

Chesney’s sweetness comes in large part from being raised so well by his mother, Karen, a hairstylist, who was only 19 when she gave birth to him and was divorced soon after he was born. His father, Dave, is a former schoolteacher. Karen was a working single mom for most of his childhood before marrying his stepfather. She divorced again when her son was in high school and recently married for a third time.

“She was dating someone once and broke up,” Chesney says. “And this stayed with me. She said, ‘Kenny, I just want you to know I’d rather be miserable alone than miserable with somebody else.’ That makes a lot of sense to me.”

Chesney’s own love life has been spotty as well—most notably, his four-month-long marriage to actress Renée Zellweger, which was annulled in a miasma of media scandal in 2005. He is currently in an on-again-off-again relationship with a young Nashville nurse, Amy Colley.

Even though the breakup with Zellweger was hard, “there ain’t nothing you can do about it,” he says. “Just hang on for the ride. Now I look back on it as just another way of getting knocked down on the football field.”

And he insists it hasn’t made him marriage-shy. “Not at all,” he says. “I hope that’s in the cards for me one day.”

But does The Boys of Fall, which is filled with scenes of young men bonding with one another as well as their fathers and coaches, make him want to have kids of his own—so he can be a cheering parent in the stands? “Not really,” Chesney says. “I hope I have kids one day. But I don’t wake up every day and miss that in my life.”

What he does miss is trust.

“The world is a different place now,” he says. “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.”

As Chesney polishes off his beer, I ask him why so many of his songs are about drinking. Would he call himself a functioning alcoholic? Laughing nervously, he turns to one of his entourage. “Bring me another beer!” he shouts good-naturedly. Then he looks at me soberly. “I probably don’t drink as much as perceived,” he says. “I’m too healthy. But a lot of my songs were written with the idea of having a good time. When I’m on tour, you’d be surprised by how disciplined I am. Because I have to be. But when I’m off tour, that’s when those drinkin’ songs get written. That’s probably a misconception about me. Yeah, I have a few cold beers every now and then. No doubt about it.”

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The other misconception about Chesney is that he’s not comfortable without his hat. The truth is he also learned to be follically challenged on that same football field.

“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?’” he says with a chuckle. “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.”

For Chesney, everything comes back to football. “When my father and I didn’t have anything in common and didn’t talk about anything, there was always University of Tennessee football,” he says. “There are a lot of fathers and sons out there like that. Last year, after my tour was over, me and my dad went to lots of games. It was because of football that our relationship got better. We even went to the Super Bowl.”

Does Chesney dream of playing the Super Bowl halftime show? “If I was asked to do it—yeah, I probably would.” What he wants to do right now, however, is get the word out about The Boys of Fall. It’s as if he’s on a mission.

“I feel a responsibility to myself—the self that was that kid,” he says. “I want a sophomore in high school to take away wanting to be the best player, the best friend, the best person he can be. Football emulates life. You get knocked down—but it’s how you get up and handle it that’s important.”

During filming, former NFL coach Bill Parcells told Chesney, “I want these players and myself to hang onto your passion. If you can hang onto someone’s passion, it becomes habit-forming.”

“That was the best compliment I could have gotten,” Chesney says. “Because that’s another reason I took the year off. Not that I’m not passionate about what I do musically, but it was beginning to seem mechanical. I didn’t like that. Music has to be about the heart and soul.”

That’s a lesson he learned not onstage but on the football fields of east Tennessee.

“When I was that boy in that high school football uniform, and I was dreaming, I had no idea my life could be like this,” Chesney says. “I used to go out in my backyard and just look up at the sky and know there was something out there for me. I just didn’t know what it was. I do love my life now. I am blessed beyond belief.”

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My Sunday Morning, by Kenny Chesney

I look forward to my pancakes. I love sundays, because I’m usually on a really strict diet, and my trainer, Daniel, gives me Sundays to eat whatever I want—even if it’s a chocolate-covered cheeseburger. Sometimes I get to go home to east Tennessee to see my family and everybody. I’m off the road this year, but usually on Sunday mornings I’m getting off the bus because I’ve been gone all weekend. I’m getting all my dirty clothes off the bus. I’ve always been laundry-conscious because my mom was a single mom who worked, and if I didn’t do my own laundry, it wouldn’t get done. In the fall, I’m glued to the television watching football. Even if I am on the road, I’ve got two big-screen TVs in my bus with different satellite receivers so I can have two games on at once.

Kenny Chesney Rocked Gillette Stadium Friday Night

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FOXBOROUGH — If there is one thing that Kenny Chesney’s performance Friday night made clear, it is that he has a special connection to Boston, and in particular to Gillette Stadium. It’s a connection that has been forged through many visits; as he announced early on in his show (the first of two he did this weekend as the New England Country Music Festival headliner) it was the 10th time he has played there, more than any other stadium.

That connection was something he kept coming back to. He noted that “no shoes nation,” the epithet that his fans now go by (and the name of his current tour), originated at Gillette. He prefaced his performance of “Boston” — a song, he pointed out, that he only plays when he’s in Boston — with an understated but genuine tribute to the victims of the Marathon bombings (and then swapped out his trademark cowboy hat for a Boston Strong ball cap that remained in place for the rest of show). On three occasions he even paused mid-song, abandoning his lyrical train to remark on the connection and to marvel at the crowd.

His visits to Gillette, he said — after singing his ode to the season, “Summertime” — have reached the status of being a summer tradition.

The lovefest that was this year’s addition to that tradition (a tradition that will have to wait at least a year to be renewed, as Chesney plans to take some time off from touring) brought few surprises. The singer played only two songs from his new record, “Life on a Rock;” the rest was standard-template Chesney set list.

Kenny Chesney performing at Gillette Stadium on Friday.

Kenny Chesney

He was his usual ball of energy in serving up his tropical cocktail of escape (a soaring “Reality,” a driving “Living in Fast Forward” and nostalgia trips (a “Young” that had the crowd yelling along, an “Anything But Mine” that had it crooning along). But at times, things dragged a bit; the quasi-autobiographical “Big Star” seemed particularly inert, and one of the singer’s signature songs, “When the Sun Goes Down,” lacked its usual jump. Perhaps it was end-of tour fatigue (the two Foxborough shows were the tour’s finale), but whatever the reason, on this Friday Chesney’s typical machine-like precision and drive showed occasional stutters.

Eric Church suffered no such afflictions. Church had the set-up slot in the concert’s lineup and he made the most of it, careening through a 75-minute set that ranged from the country metal of “I’m Getting’ Stoned” and “Keep On” to the high-test, shuffling country groove of “Jack Daniels” and a “Drink in My Hand” that (of course!) saw Church bringing the song to life with a beer in each of his. If Chesney was, for the most part, a well-oiled machine, Church was a jacked-up force.


Photos of Kenny Chesney Tailgating

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Photos of Kenny Chesney Tailgating – March 2013 – With Team Cocktail, Rum Shop Ryan, Coastal, and No Shoes Radio

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Kenny Chesney – Life On A Rock – Album Review

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Kenny Chesney's 2013 album, Life on A RockJust last summer, Kenny Chesney was feeling “like a rock star” with a brand new hit album and an amped-up lead single. Though he originally had no plans to release new material so soon after his 2012 Gold-certified album, Welcome To The Fishbowl, a batch of songs Kenny penned over the past several years began to take shape as something more than just a personal labor of love.

Life On A Rock, Kenny’s 14th studio album hit stores April 30, is an introspective, songwriter’s record destined to take more than a few fans by surprise. Though the chunky power chords of the lead single, “Pirate Flag,” will sound familiar, the windswept lyrics hinting at escape are just the beginning of an incredibly personal journey that charts a different course.


Working again with longtime producer Buddy Cannon, Kenny strips away the distortion and discards most any evidence of a country anthem over 10 mostly acoustic songs. The rhythmic title track features a few electric guitars through the chorus, but really, the percussive acoustic verse and soft bongos play a bigger role here in a song enjoying the times when the cell phone is left in the room.

Kenny wrote or co-wrote eight of the album’s songs, many of which offer poignant moments where the 45-year-old singer takes time to reflect on relationships and life. The John Mellencamp-influenced chords of “When I See This Bar” lead into a vivid portrait of the sights and sounds of good times and bar band roots. Through crystal clear notes and warm harmonies, Kenny rolls easily through revolving melodies on “Lindy,” a sentimental sketch of a homeless man he calls the “salt of the earth.” He plays piano at the church when nobody’s watching, he sings with empathy. And perhaps the album’s best song, the powerful closer, “Happy On The Hey Now (A Song For Kristi),” contemplates the memory of someone lost too early with a beautifully touching tribute. The sound of waves lead in and out of the song as the ocean and island life play an even larger part on this record than his others.

The gentle “Marley” sings of the deeper messages in the reggae legend Bob Marley’s words and the peaceful feeling his music evokes with a sound like a thoughtful night spent near the shore. “Spread The Love,” written with and featuring The Wailers and their current singer Elan, is a straight up reggae tune with keys that strike the backbeat while Kenny implores others to leave all our problems behind and spread the love. And on an excellent duet, Willie Nelson joins on the playful, “Cocunut Tree,” a simple song about simple pleasures full of catchy hooks and wonderful vocal interplay.

Laid-back melodies often match the album’s soothing grooves. Kenny’s most dynamic vocal performance, however, comes on the old school, jazz inspired “Must Be Something I Missed,” which provides some of the project’s darker themes. I don’t call it living, I just exist, he sings with a touch of pain lurking under the surface. Yet, these feelings are the anomaly as most of the album takes a warm look at life, as heard on “It’s That Time Of Day.” What a wonderful time we’ve all shared my friends, he offers sincerely over soft guitars and light steel drums. Kenny shares a wonderful time with his listeners as well on Life On A Rock, slowing it down to ponder the course he’s traveled and to reflect on what it means at this point in his career.

Key Tracks – “Happy On The Hey Now (A Song For Kristi),” “It’s That Time Of Day,” “Lindy,” “Must Be Something I Missed”


Kenny Chesney wrapped up his “No Shoes Nation Tour” last night.

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Kenny Chesney wrapped up his “No Shoes Nation Tour” making his final concert stop of the the tour on Aug. 24, 2013 at Boston’s Gillette Stadium. Chesney shared a photo of the filled up stadium on his Facebook page with the caption “Foxboro. Second night. Last night of tour!!”

Chesney started his final weekend of the “No Shoes Nation Tour” by hitting the stage in Gillette Stadium on Aug. 23, 2014 for a second show that was added along with special guests Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves.

Boston was the inspiration for Chesney’s “Spread the Love Fund” that was established with the Boston Medical Center to raise funds devoted to those who needed prosthetic limbs and post-prosthetic care that were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Chesney made“Spread the Love” t-shirts available on his website to help raise money for the “Spread the Love Fund” with all of Chesney’s profits from the shirts going to the fund.

Chesney made the announcement in early August that he would be taking a break from touring in 2014 saying “I love the band, the crew, the whole team and it’s weird to not be looking at next year’s stage design, but I shouldn’t make albums to service the tour. So I’m going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer.”

Kenny Chesney Will Not Tour in 2014

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Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney will not tour in 2014, he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The hiatus marks the second time since 2001 that the country star has not done an annual tour. He will spend the year working on a new album to follow up Life on a Rock, released in April. “I love touring more than anyone in the world,” Chesney told the trade publication. “I love the band, the crew, the whole team — and it’s weird to not be looking at next year’s stage design, but I shouldn’t make albums to service the tour. So I’m going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer.” Chesney’s No Shoes Nations tour continues Saturday (Aug. 3) in Atlanta and will hit five other cities before closing with shows scheduled for Aug. 23-24 at Gillette Stadium near Boston.