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Kenny Chesney goes clean super fast

Sunday, December 14, 2008 – Kenny Chesney went clean in Massachusetts ultra quick again - with his fifth consecutive summer sell-out at Gillette Stadium. Tickets went on-sale Saturday morning for the Aug. 15 show and set a record for a Chesney NFL Stadium sell-out: less than 10 minutes.

A pre-sale of tickets also was done for fan club members earlier last week.

"It's a little crazy," said Chesney, "especially with the economy the way it is. But I think people know...and what we've always been about...is getting the fans away from their problems for a few hours. We can't necessarily fix what's wrong, but we can try to make sure that for a few hours, you forget about it. And in times like these, that's a pretty big deal for a lotta people 'cause everybody needs a little break."

Chesney had the sixth highest grossing tour in all genres, according to Billboard, and the number one country tour by almost double, in spite of only playing 42 dates last year. With 14 stadium shows last year, Chesney attracted more than 1 million fans for the seventh summer in a row.

"I think the fans know when we hit their town, it's gonna be a party," Chesney said. "They know when we get out on that stage, we're gonna give 'em everything we've got...We're gonna have fun...We're gonna touch their souls...and their lives...and we're gonna make sure they go home feeling not just that they got their money's worth, but that they had their best night of the summer."

"Growing up, there were acts you just had to see 'cause you knew they were gonna rock...and your friends were gonna be there...and you'd sing all the songs, laugh and high-five each other. It was everything summer was...and I think that's the experience I was always trying to create for people, ever since I started headlining in the clubs. So, this is the best Christmas present I could have."

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Carlile takes her chances on feeling "Blue" – During a rare moment sitting at the piano and appropriately dressed in blue, Brandi Carlile paraphrased a memorable Joni Mitchell quote. Basically, it went that, if you listen to Joni Mitchell music and only picture Mitchell - but not yourself - something is wrong. While Carlile, who performed Mitchell's "Blue" album in its entirety for... »»»
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