Early June, He's Already at 1,089,000 Tickets & Still Selling
Nashville: Maybe it's the 19 stadiums... Or the fact that it started in March... But when the tour accountant for the 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour did his tally last weekend, he couldn't believe his eyes. Here, in the second weekend of June, Kenny Chesney had already sold over a million tickets! The man The Wall Street Journal has hailed as "The King of the Road" has sold 1,089,000 tickets - and is still selling!
"I don't think about stuff like that," Chesney says. "All I'm trying to do is make sure that for that one night when people come out to party with us, they forget what's wrong, they have all the good time they can handle and they go home feeling like they had the best night of their summer. If I can do that with music, then I feel like I've done what I set out to do... cause for me, that's what music is for!"
Having sold in excess of a million tickets on each of his past ten tours, Chesney has become the mark of summer for people coming of age over the past decade. With The Philadelphia Inquirer raving about last weekend's sold-out show for the fourth straight time, "Saturday night's stop of Chesney's No Shoes Nation tour at Lincoln Financial Field was packed to the rafters with fans who'd tailgated like it was a Sunday at an Eagles game...It's this common touch with common folk that keeps him uncommonly beloved.
As "Pirate Flag," the nod to rebellion right where you lead anthem, has been certified gold for over a half million downloads and the deeply soul-searching Life On A Rock marks Chesney's seventh all-genre #1 Billboard Top 200 Albums debut, the songwriter from Luttrell, Tennessee understands walking the line between firing people up and offering them a place where they can take stock of their life, their love and the moments that make them who they are. More than any one or three hit singles, he embraces the way people live.
"I'm glad people hear their lives in this music," he says of his enduring success. "I am always humbled when people tell me they plan their summer around coming to the show, because I remember being that kind of fan. I try to be the artist I would've wanted my favorite singers to be - and make sure that we give people the best show we can every time we get up there. To me, that's the most important thing... and the fans can tell.
"Maybe that's why we've hit that million ticket mark so early this year."
"When I See This Bar," the reflective, warmed-by-acoustic-guitar mid-tempo about the place where you came of age, was the Most Added Song at Country Aircheck and a Top 40 debut on Billboard's Country Singles chart. Striking a chord that rings true with the fans - deemed the No Shoes Nation - remains Chesney's reason for it all, and they continue to respond in ways that have warranted Entertainment Weekly, People, People Country, USA Today, The Washington Post, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal to report on one of pop culture's most enduring relationships.