Word started to spread Friday: a keg show at Key Wests iconic Sloppy Joes March 21. Fans stood in line all night long, and by 6 a.m. Duval Street was blocked off for what local officials knew would be an overflow crowd that would shut the street down. By the time Mas Tequila rolled at 5:02, the fans were primed and ready as Kenny and band swung into Beer In Mexico with a vengeance.
A quick tumble down and through a blazing Til Its Gone, a lilting Summertime and a reggae-undertowed Pirate Flag got the party off to a musically robust start with the crowd singing along as loud as the man The Los Angeles Times called The Peoples Superstar. Arms aloft, giant smile on his face, Kenny welcomed the so-far-beyond-capacity crowd with a witness about how much these keg shows mean.
Weve been off, and were getting to know each other again, Kenny proclaimed. Nothing gets us as in the mood to go out and play music for you all summer long quite like coming down to the Florida Keys and doing this show: old songs, new songs, we may even make up some songs before the night is over.
Before it was over the night included Eric Church sitting in for several songs, including Springsteen, Drink In My Hand and a stripped down, Kenny-requested Mr. Misunderstood. Old Dominions Matthew Ramsey joined for Save It For A Rainy Day, which he co-wrote. In addition, Kenny and band covered a plethora of artists including The Kinks, George Strait and The Eagles
From a young girl on her mothers hip to NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., NFL players to 4th Generation Conchs, an eclectic audience turned out for the (un)official kick-off of Chesneys tour.
Kenny's Spread the Love Tour kicks off April 23, where it will be the first concert at Auburns Jordan-Hare Stadium. Tickets can be purchased HERE. On Thursday, March 24, Kenny's Noise, about the sonic and mental overload of todays world, hits radio hard. With a special Facebook event slated for 3:45p CT/ 4:45p ET, Chesney is just getting started on the year ahead.