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Tickets going fast for Kenny Chesney tour

Tuesday, April 4, 2006 – Tickets are going fast for superstar Kenny Chesney's tour, including one to go clean at Madison Square Garden in New York, the first country act to sell out the venue in four years. This past Saturday, Chesney quickly came close to selling out football stadiums in Detroit and Seattle.

"I remember when we sold out Manhattan, Kansas for the first time," said Chesney, "and I thought, 'Well, this is the biggest Manhattan for a kid like me... 'cause even though you dream of New York City and the most legendary venue there is, you know not to set yourself up to be let down, because it's New York and they've seen it all and just don't really care."

"But, you know, the thing about dreams... they can't come true if you don't dream 'em. Probably Neyland Stadium, which was crazy in its own right, seemed more attainable, even though it was 67,000 people... because it was my hometown. But once you do something like that, have the success we had in Boston, in DC, in Pittsburgh, well, it makes you either brave - or crazy. I'm probably more crazy, truth be told, but this morning I'm sure glad we decided to do something that seemed like a wild idea."

The Dixie Chicks played Madison Square four years ago. Chesney already has sold out the Gillette Stadium show in Foxboro, Mass., four months in advance. "When I got the call were sold out in New York City in an hour, I thought it was a joke," Chesney said. "People don't do things like that, but the tour marketing person was like, 'Yeah, well...get used to it.' And it's almost surreal - because what we do know is the sound of the tail-gating at the shows in the afternoons, the way 'Anything But Mine' sounds so great when we stop playing and let the fans sing it back to us, the way they roar when the lights drop and get louder when that spot hits us. That's what's real... the rest, well, it's numbers and some pretty big math... and that was never my best subject."

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Here and Now CD review - Here and Now
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Songs for the Saints CD review - Songs for the Saints
Kenny Chesney's "Song for the Saints" is a step in the right direction for the popular country star. Inspired by the Hurricane Irma disaster, which hit Chesney personally as it destroyed a house he owned in the U.S. Virgin Islands, these songs are more serious and heartfelt than typical Chesney music. Best of all is "Love for Love City," a reggae duet with Ziggy Marley incorporating steel drums into an inviting island mix. It's followed by a cover of Lord »»»
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Kenny Chesney's "Live in No Shoes Nation" accurately recreates an experience of seeing the diminutive party animal live. Chesney has found an extremely lucrative niche as country music's Jimmy Buffett (although much of Buffett's island-y pop music appeals to many of today's non-discerning country music listeners). Also, with songs like "Pirate Flag," Chesney has even borrowed a few of Buffett's sea-related lyrical themes. This live CD could have been »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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