49,302 Fans, plus Family, Friends + Surprise Jam
Atlanta, Georgia: On the heels of announcing he would not tour in 2014 to concentrate on making his next album, Kenny Chesney rolled into Atlanta strong - rocking 49,302 fans and having the time of his life at the Georgia Dome stop on his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour. In addition to sets by tourmates Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves, Zac Brown came out - after a killer set by his own band - to join Chesney for a jam on Steve Miller's classic "The Joker" and Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Three Little Birds"
"We didn't burn Atlanta down," Chesney said, following a high-energy nearly two hour set, "but they sure set us on fire. Man, the energy in the Georgia Dome hit us so hard, and it never let up. It was the kind of night artists dream of. And then I came off stage so ramped up, I picked bluegrass with some buddies from college (members of Blue Highway) 'til almost two a.m."
The Atlanta Journal Constitution concurred, writing, "...every molecule was dedicated to entertaining his faithful flock, which Chesney and his seven-piece band achieved by unleashing a torrent of singalongs and hard-working showmanship."
With 19 stadiums on this years "stripped-back" No Shoes Nation Tour, including Anaheim's Angels Stadium, Dallas' Texas Stadium, Tampa's Raymond James Stadium and Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, the 4-time Country Music Association and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year is rolling into E. Rutherford, NJ's MetLife Stadium this weekend, Detroit's Ford Field next weekend and closing his tour-out with a two night stand at Boston's Gillette Stadium on August 23-24.
"I didn't know when we put this tour together, I'd want to spend as much time making the next record as I do," allows the man who's sold over a million tickets on every tour since 2002 - and hit his millionth ticket mark for 2013 in early June. "So, to be able to close out the No Shoes Nation Tour with four major stadium shows in three incredible cities, well, that looks like great planning, but it's really just some incredible luck."
Chesney will also be playing "Good Morning America"'s Summer Concert Series August 9, live from Central Park. The three song teaser will be just enough to whet people's appetites for the upcoming shows. Chesney will also be the subject of a CBS "Sunday Morning" profile, celebrating his Spread the Love Fund and his deeply reflective Life on A Rock, the mostly self-penned song cycle that marked his seventh all-genre #1 Billboard Top 200 Albums debut.
The introspective Life On A Rock has been called "a bold move" by The Washington Post, "a contemplative meditation" by The Chicago Tribune and "the most personal work he's ever done" by Billboard, who also noted, "time will likely prove it to be among his best-loved by fans." For the man The Wall Street Journalheadlined "The King of the Road" in a massive two page feature earlier this year, the road remains the place he comes alive, but it is the music that brought him here; next year, that will be his focus, but right now, he's playing every sold-out stadium show for all its worth.