Kenny Chesney: number one country concert draw in '07
Thursday, December 13, 2007
– Kenny Chesney had the top country tour of 2007, grossing more than $71 million and drawing in excess of 1.1 million fans, according to Billboard. The Flip Flop Summer Tour marks sixth year in a row of playing to over a million fans.
In addition to playing six NFL Stadiums in Foxboro, Mass., Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle, Chesney spread the rest of his high impact tour featuring Sugarland and Pat Green across arenas and amphitheatres.
"We wanna play for whoever wants to come out and rock with us," Chesney said. "And part of that is figuring out how to give them a show like they've never seen before - whether it's what we do with the lights, the sand bar down front, what's on the video screens. We're a long way from being on one bus, pulling a trailer, but the connection we have with the fans who come every night is every bit as intense as it was when we were selling out this little clubs."
"It's pretty easy," said Chesney. "When you've got fans like I do, they get you fired up...I can hear them out in the parking lot, having a good time long before the first note of music is played. When people are kicked back, chilling out, having a good time at that hour, you know they're there to enjoy the show...and you wanna give 'em something to remember. Just like Van Halen did for me and my friends when I was in college - or Keith Whitley did when I was sitting all by myself in that field."
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