Chesney taps Gilbert to open stadium shows
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
– Brantley Gilbert will open 15 stadium shows this summer on the Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean tour, it was announced Wednesday.
"When you co-headline a tour with Jason Aldean, you've gotta get someone who can hold their own to go in front," Chesney said. "When I looked around, for those stadium shows that Brantley's part of, he's the man for the job. He knows how to reach the crowd, how to make them rock - and he's not afraid to push the rest of us."
Gilbert has had three number ones on his own - "Country Must Be Country Wide," "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" and "Bottoms Up" - plus co-writing Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" and sole writer of "My Kind of Party."
"As a fan, when I go to a show, I want the music to hit me in the chest and make me feel something all night long," said Chesney. "I want to have the time of my life, for the fans to hit every possible emotion - and make me feel everything humanly possible. When we started looking at acts to take out in 2015, especially having been off the road this year, I wanted to make sure the people that I brought were gonna be as committed to reaching the fans in the back of the stadium as I am."
Chesney's 55-date The Big Revival Tour is slated to kick-off on his birthday, March 26, in Nashville.
Joint dates for Chesney and Aldean are:
May 2 San Francisco Levi's Stadium
May 16 Dallas AT&T Stadium
June 20 Green Bay, Wisc. Lambeau Field
June 27 Seattle CenturyLink Field
July 18 Minneapolis Target Field
July 25 Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl
Aug. 1 Kansas City, Mo. Arrowhead Stadium
Aug. 8 Denver Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Aug. 15 E. Rutherford, N.J. MetLife Stadium
Aug. 28 Foxboro, Mass. Gillette Stadium
Chesney apparently will play five other stadium shows, which have yet to be announced.
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