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Chesney, McGraw practice

Friday, May 11, 2012 – The 'Brothers of the Sun ' Tour, with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, met for their first on-stage, joint rehearsal on Thursday.

"Yesterday's rehearsal with Tim and I and our bands was as electric and exciting as we anticipated," said Chesney. "It's been a long time since we've played on stage together, and the chemistry and excitement is just so natural. It's going to be a dream come true to have our years of friendship come together on stage for what will be one unpredictable, loud, hell of a summer, and I can't wait."

The three-plus hour working rehearsal found the friends working out songs for the tour, which kicks off June 2 in Tampa, Fla. The tour will hit more than 20 stadiums across the country, including MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford N.J., Soldier Field in Chicago, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. and Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

This weekend's Amazing Race 2012 charity event in New Orleans with Drew Brees and Matthew McConaughey marks Chesney and his band's first public performance since the debut of Feel Like a Rock Star at the ACM Awards. Chesney's 13th studio album, "Welcome To The Fishbowl," will be available on June 19 (BNA Records).

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