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Chesney announces '13 tour

Thursday, November 8, 2012 – Kenny Chesney announced he will tour in 2013 on the No Shoes Nation Tour. The tour will hit about "45 or 50" shows, including 17 stadium shoes.

"By the end of this tour, we'll have done a 100 stadiums," he said.

The tour starts March 16 in Tampa. He also will play Miller Park in Milwaukee, his first headlining gig there, on May 18. He played Willie Nelson's FarmAid there about four years ago. Chesney then will play Washington, DC. (FedEx Field) on May 25 and Seattle (Century Link Field) on June 1. "We haven't played there in three or four years," said Chesney.

Chesney made the announcement during an appearance on his No Shoes Radio station.

Eric Church and Eli Young Band will be opening acts. "I think he's a real artist," said Chesney. "To see his progression and how successful an artist he is, he deserves (this slot). He's gong to be a great fit for what we do out there. He's got a lot of rocking songs."

"Those guys are making really great music," said Chesney of EYB. "It's one thing for people to come out on the road with you...I've really invested in their music."

Tour dates are:
Saturday Mar 16 - Tampa, FL - Raymond James Stadium^
Saturday May 4 - Columbia, SC - Williams Brice Stadium*
Saturday May 11 - Dallas, TX - Dallas Cowboys Stadium^
Saturday May 18 - Milwaukee, WI - Miller Park^
Saturday May 25 - Landover, MD - FedExField **
Saturday Jun 1 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field **
Saturday Jun 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field **
Saturday Jun 15 - Kansas City, MO - Arrowhead Stadium **
Saturday Jun 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field **
Saturday Jun 29 - Columbus, OH Crew Stadium **
Friday, Jul 12 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Field*
Saturday Jul 20 - Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field at Mile High **
Saturday Jul 27 - Anaheim, CA - Angels Stadium **
Saturday Aug 3 - Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome*
Saturday Aug 10 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium **
Saturday Aug 17 - Detroit, MI - Ford Field **
Saturday Aug 24 - Foxboro, MA - Gillette Stadium **

* with Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, and Kacey Musgraves
** with Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves

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