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Rain stops Chesney in Dallas

Sunday, May 3, 2009 – Neither wind, nor rain, well actually, yes, it was rain that stopped Kenny Chesney's concert Saturday night in Dallas.

After 50 minutes, his gig at the Pizza Hut Stadium, the gig was over. The water threatened the stage and was considered unsafe for the band to continue, according to Chesney's publicist.

"You know the weather's lousy," said Chesney, "but you look out, and the fans are hanging in there, having a good time. They're in the rain, but they're singing along - and you know they're staying because they wanna see you. When you see that, there's nothing in the world that's gonna stop me from going on! If they wanna be part of the party that much, well, then, here we come...And it's kinda like sports, the game doesn't stop for a little rain."

"And once you get out on that stage and you start playing," Chesney said, "that energy from the fans hit you...you see all those faces having such a great time...and I won't say you don't notice the rain, but you sure don't care. The fans are there.... They're rocking...That's all that you really sense."

Chesney broke from the set list, looked out at the completely drenched crowd and reached into his catalog for something rarely performed. Chesney and band played Something Sexy About The Rain, from his introspective "Be As You Are: Songs from an Old Blue Chair."

"Looking at all those people soaked to the bone, having the time of their lives through all that weather, all I saw was a lot of heart and a lot of passion for what we - all of us, me and them - were doing," Chesney said. "If that's not sexy, that being there through some really nasty weather, because they'd come to have a good time and nothing was going to stop them, what is? So you wanna do something really special, that marks this moment you've just shared - and 'Something Sexy About The Rain' seemed the perfect song for the moment."

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