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Though his summer tour won't kick off for another month, Kenny Chesney gave fans a little teaser at a packed surprise show on March 21st.
Word started to spread Friday: a keg show at Key West’s iconic Sloppy Joe’s on Monday. Fans stood in line all night long, and by 6 a.m. Duval Street was blocked off for what local officials knew would be an overflow crowd that would shut the street down. By the time “Mas Tequila” rolled at 5:02, the fans were primed and ready as Kenny Chesney and band swung into “Beer In Mexico” with a vengeance.
Kenny played for three hours, treating his fans to his hits “Til It’s Gone,” “Summertime” and a reggae-undertoned “Pirate Flag”.
“We’ve been off, and we’re getting to know each other again,” Chesney announced. “Nothing gets us as in the mood to go out and play music for you all summer long quite like coming down to the Florida Keys and doing this show: old songs, new songs, we may even make up some songs before the night is over.”
Special guest Eric Church sat in for several songs, including “Springsteen,” “Drink In My Hand” and a stripped down, Chesney-requested “Mr. Misunderstood.” Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey joined for “Save It For A Rainy Day,” which he co-wrote. In addition, Chesney and band covered the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River,” John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good,” Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride & Joy,” George Strait’s “The Fireman” and “Carried Away,” a double-time version of Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight” featuring Jon Conley on fiddle and the Eagles’ “Take It Easy.”
From a young girl on her mother’s hip to NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., NFL players to 4th Generation Conchs, an eclectic audience turned out for the (un)official kick-off of Chesney’s tour.
“There is nothing after several months off,” Chesney said after the show. “Like coming together, hitting a bar and just playing ’til we wanna drop, to remember every single thing you love about music: how it feels, what it means, the way it charges people up. There is no feeling like it, and to do it with friends, fans and the No Shoes Nation, well, it tells me it’s time to get out there and start rocking America.”
Chesney’s Spread the Love Tour kicks off April 23, where it will be the first concert at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. The tour will also feature Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion.
On Thursday, March 24, Chesney’s new single “Noise,” about the sonic and mental overload of today’s world, will be hitting radio!
|Credit: Jill Trunnell|