Chesney goes smaller
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
– Kenny Chesney tends to go the stadium route when he tours, but not this summer as he announced he would do a combo of stadiums and arenas on his 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour.
"Nothing's like the energy of a stadium show," Chesney said. "But there's also something about the amphitheaters, where the people are all so close. It's like being with your friends somewhere back home, singing songs and hanging out and having the best party of the year. For us, it feels like the people are so right there, and the songs are driving the night. It's an experience we know No Shoes Nation loves and misses when we don't do it, so this year, we're going to make sure there are plenty of opportunities to see us under the pavilion or out on the lawn."
The tour kicks off April 21 at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium with his first arena show oin May 10 at Virginia Beach's Farm Bureau Live.
"Part of the fun of mixing the venues is riding the energy, letting the music breathe in different ways and really giving the audience dynamics that are so intense without being the same show across America," Chesney said. "The amphitheaters all have their own vibes, their own attitude - and those experiences shift very specifically. Darling's Waterfront in Bangor, Maine is one thing; Mountain View, Cal.'s Shoreline Amphitheater is something else altogether, just like the folks in Toronto at the Molson or Austin's Austin360 Amphitheaters."
"I feel like this summer, we're going to take those songs on Live in No Shoes Nation, and lift them even higher," Chesney said. "Listening to it over and over, hearing everyone's voices raised... It's what makes coming out to see us special. When you get to hear all that heart, all that fun, and life, and love coming towards the stage, it really takes our breath away. So, get ready America: we're coming. Stadiums, amphitheaters and a whole lot of music."
Old Dominion will open the amphitheatre shows. The band has opened for Chesney on preious tours.
Tour dates are: March 16-17 -- Las Vegas, Nevada, The Joint
April 21, Tampa, Florida, Raymond James Stadium
April 28, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Miller Park
May 5, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. Bank Stadium
May 10, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
May 11, Charlotte, North Carolina, PNC Music Pavilion
May 12, Raleigh, North Carolina, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
May 16, Del Valle, Texas, Austin360 Amphitheater
May 17, The Woodlands, Texas, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 19, Arlington, Texas, AT&T Stadium
May 24, West Palm Beach, Florida, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
May 26, Atlanta, Georgia, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
May 31, Noblesville, Indiana, The Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
June 2, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Heinz Field
June 6, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center
June 7, Syracuse, New York, Lakeview Amphitheater
June 9, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Field
June 15, Bristow, Virginia, Jiffy Lube Live
June 16, Columbus, Ohio, MAPFRE Stadium
June 20, Mountain View, California, Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 21, Chula Vista, California, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
June 23, Phoenix, Arizona, Chase Field
June 28, West Valley City, Utah, USANA Amphitheatre
June 30, Denver, Colorado, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
July 3, Stateline, Nevada, Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino
July 5, Nampa, Idaho, Ford Idaho Center
July 7, Seattle, Washington, CenturyLink Field
July 12, Rogers, Arkansas, Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
July 14, Kansas City, Missouri, Arrowhead Stadium
July 19, Southaven, Mississippi, BankPlus Amphitheater
July 21, St. Louis, Missouri, Busch Stadium
July 26, Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Music Center
July 28, Chicago, Illinois, Soldier Field
Aug. 2, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug. 4, Detroit, Michigan, Ford Field
Aug. 11, Nashville, Tennessee, Nissan Stadium
Aug. 16, Bangor, Maine, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
Aug. 18, East Rutherford, New Jersey, MetLife Stadium
Aug. 22, Columbia, Maryland, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 24-25 Foxboro, Mass., Gillette Stadium
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