For Kenny, playing the Rose Bowl was a bucket list item. So when he took the stage at the iconic venue, he took it with all the intensity of every college football team that played there on New Years Day, the athletes at the 84 Summer Olympics and the various teams at the many World Cup matches that have played there.
"You know when you wake up and you see that sign, youre on hallowed ground, Kenny said. Ive seen so many games played there, so much history and I understand the heart it took from every athlete whos ever come out of those tunnels. To stand on that stage, I knew I wanted to try to honor all those folks whove come before us.
With Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis on the side of the stage, Kenny played 19 songs before taking a breath and then returned with the nights co-headliner Jason Aldean to play four more, including spirited covers of John Mellencamps Hurt So Good and Bryan Adams Summer of '69.
Those folks had had a long day in all that heat, but man, they were so ready for us ready to hear the music, to sing along, to make every single song matter, Kenny said. When I dropped out during Anything But Mine, they sang so clear and so true, you couldve made a record out of it and for me, they made a memory that will last a lifetime. To play a place where football means so much, especially to an audience that live, Ill never forget it...
With upcoming stadium shows at Denvers Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High Aug. 8, E. Rutherford, NJs Met Life Stadium Aug. 15, Detroits Ford Field Aug. 22 and a double at Foxboros Gillette Stadium Aug. 28-29, Kenny will have headlined 135 stadium plays since his stadium run in 2005.
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