Oh, there you are, said Kenny, standing onstage at MetLife Stadium, pointing into the far part of the crowd. There you are. Pausing for a moment, he took the 56,292 fans in, before announcing, This is the most beautiful sight! Music and songs are the most powerful things we have in our lives Just look around.
With a few more words, he invited the full-capacity crowd to sing along something theyd been doing all night anyway then launched into 2004s I Go Back. The crowds response was deafening as they sang along to the song-invoking smash about the way music watermarks peoples lives.
For Kenny, approaching the end of 2016s Spread the Love Tour, it marks his love affair with the No Shoes Nation. With two hours of hits from the truly vintage Dont Happen Twice and She Thinks My Tractors Sexy to the No. 1s When The Sun Goes Down and Summertime to the brand new Noise it was a truly loud love fest in Jersey that saw the crowd sing along to every song, almost louder than the headliner.
That audience felt so honest, raw and almost right there with us onstage, Kenny marveled. It was like walking into a buzz saw in a really good way they just cut right through us.
Chanting KennyKenny! KennyKenny! after he left the stage, the crowd was rewarded with a grinding drum solo from Sean Paddock that saw guitarists Kenny Greenberg and Clayton Mitchell twist the melody line of Dont Happen Twice around. Walking on stage to another seismic eruption of cheers, Kenny lifted his tumbler to the crowd before delivering an embrace-the-moment rendition of his 2001 chart-topper.
As Kenny heads into his tours final weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. where the No Shoes Nation was named, it has certainly been one of those summers for Kenny and his fans.