Chesney gets intimate by not playing stadiums
Kenny Chesney is taking his latest album, Songs For The Saints, on the road in 2019, but in a more intimate setting than his previous treks, including 2018’s record-breaking Trip Around the Sun Tour where he played to over a million fans at Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium. He knows his massive stadium shows are a rite of summer, playing to over a million people on every single tour, but the eight-time Entertainer of the Year wanted to take the music to directly to the fans.
“I wanted to change it up,” says Chesney. “Last year was so intense, and amazing. No Shoes Nation took it to a whole other level, and they blew all of us away. It was the kind of energy you don’t take for granted. So when we started thinking about next year, they made me wanna come to them. Rather than the massive two-day set-up, make everyone come to a stadium away from their homes, I wanted to go to where the fans live… strip things back a bit, and make it a little more intimate.”
“I love reaching to the very top, the very back of a football stadium, but I also love the idea of really being able to see the back of the room.”
Initial dates for the 2019 trek include Champaign, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, making Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour a decidedly different kind of tour. Focusing on the heartland, mid-Atlantic and South over the course of three months, it’s a chance for the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee to get into several cities without stadiums – and Chesney is fired up about the prospects. More dates will be announced soon.
“Sometimes it’s about stripping things back, and creating a different kind of experience,” says the only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years. “Making Songs for the Saints really showed me the power of bringing things closer to the heart. For me, I wanted 2019 on the road to get the music to the fans, right where they live, and as always, my team figured out exactly how to help me do that.”
For Chesney, the man Variety called “country music’s only true long-term stadium act” and about whom USA Today hailed, “Chesney’s charisma stretched to the back rows of the stadium,” Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour makes good on everything his career has been built on. Having spent 2018 writing and recording Songs for the Saints, spearheading island recovery efforts in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands through his Love for Love City Fund, playing 19 stadiums and 43 dates, his focus has been on how music makes a difference.
“This is the kind of thing you do for passion,” Chesney explains. “To rein things in a bit, change up the way we present the music, I know these songs will show us things they don’t when we’re in those massive stadiums. I never worry about the energy or the passion, but I think the songs are different depending on where you play them. So I’m fired up for 2019.”
2019 Tour Dates:
Champaign, IL – State Farm Center
Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
Washington, DC – The Anthem
Tallahassee, FL – Donald L Tucker Civic Center
Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf
Columbia, MO – Mizzou Arena
Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena
Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Author: Buddy Iahn
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