The final weekend of the No Shoes Nation Tour was personal on several levels for Kenny Chesney. Among the highlights was a Super Bowl-style banner hanging in the stadium that commemorated the naming of the “No Shoes Nation” at Gillette in 2012. Before the show, Chesney admitted that not many things really get to him anymore, but being told by New England Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft that the banner will fly in Gillette as long as he owns the team had Chesney choked up.
Another moving moment was his visit to Boston Medical Center where he met with a Boston bombing victim and double amputee who told him that music gets her through. (Chesney’s Spread The Love Fund works with the hospital to provide for those with traumatic injuries from the attack.) Back at the stadium, Chesney played host to a number of Patriot players, one of whom noted that Pats Head Coach Bill Belichick strongly suggested that they should avoid the weekend’s festivities at Gillette. Tim Tebow and Rob Gronkowski were among those who ignored the suggestion.
And as with the last night of any tour, there were some lighter moments. Eric Church bore the brunt of it on Saturday when Kenny’s crew covered him in beer and pelted him with ping pong balls during “Drink In My Hand.” Friday, Church joined Chesney for “When I See This Bar,” but was visibly surprised when he turned to look at Chesney and saw the headliner sporting Church’s signature Aviator sunglasses, evoking laughter from both guys. Chesney said later this was the first time he donned the sunglasses during that song the entire tour.
Earlier this month Kenny announced he is taking 2014 off from touring so he can concentrate on new music.