Over 50,000 Converge for Chesney at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City: Though the song says, "There's something sexy 'bout the rain," Kenny Chesney has had more than his share of it since a tropical storm forced him to cancel a show at Dallas' Pizza Hut stadium in 2009. So when the torrential rain started falling, the songwriter/entertainer from Luttrell, Tennessee kept close watch on the weather; ultimately, delaying the start time by 30 minutes.
"Obviously, we never want anyone to be in danger," Chesney said. "But we know lots of people plan trips to come together for one of these shows - and you hate for them to lose their travel, their hotels. And selfishly, the fans at Arrowhead Stadium are some of the loudest we play to every year! So, Kacey went on thirty minutes late and in the rain, like a real trooper - and we got on with the show."
The Kansas City Star noted, "For the third straight year, more than 50,000 fans showed up to see Chesney, who has sold more concert tickets over the past 10 years than anyone in the music industry," then wrote of his almost two hour set, "...he sang and bounced and prowled across the stage, working up a heavy sweat even in the cool evening air."
"It was one of those nights... Maybe because the crowd has to work a little harder to be there, they are really ready to have a good time," the 8-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year explained. "But when we hit that stage, they were ready... and by the time we walked off, they'd taken that some place else. That's how powerful the music you love is: even in a downpour, there's nowhere else you'd rather be."
The 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour, which has already sold in excess of a million tickets this year, rolls into Pittsburgh's Heinz Field this Saturday. Chesney began his first stadium summer there - in 2005 - and the rivers wrapped around the stadium get thick with boats when the man The Los Angeles Times' deemed "The People's Superstar" comes to Steel City, or less commonly known The City of Bridges for the 74 bridges in the city alone.
"That's the power of the No Shoes Nation: rain, sometimes ice, burning heat: they come and they come to rock! It's a long way from playing Knoxville's Neyland Stadium to the Arrowhead Stadium or Heinz Field - and they're the reason we can come out, play stadiums and bring this music to life every summer. And there's nothing like the feeling of hitting that stage every night, and hearing the crowd sing along."
As Life On A Rock became Chesney's seventh #1 Billboard all-genre Top 200 debut, The Boston Globe raved, "Chesney returns to that reflective, often acoustic place for Life On A Rock, and again hits a high-water mark." The Chicago Tribune echoeded, "the country superstar turns down the volume to offer a quieter and more contemplative meditation on sand and sea," while The Washington Postpraised, "It's a bold move, considering that a new crop of country rockers are selling millions of albums modeled on Chesney's pounding arena rock sound. But, to his credit, Chesney follows his muse and offers up an album that exposes his weathered soul. The result is as appealing as it is surprising,"