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Kenny Chesney Launches No Shoes TV

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Kenny Chesney has always believed in getting his fans as close as possible. He started the Sand Bar at his shows to let the hardcore fans come down front and dance before it was a country music standard. He launched No Shoes Radio to let fans take the vibe of his music and shows with them anytime, anywhere via smart phone app or online (noshoesradio.com.)

Now he launches No Shoes TV, a quick-hit round-up of the best moments at this year’s The Big Revival Tour’s major stadiums shows. Correspondent Deanna Kay – who kicks the series off at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena — will catch up with the No Shoes Nation in the parking lot, on the road, in the stands and anywhere she thinks there’s a moment to capture.

“I’ve always said there is so much more to these shows and this tour than what happens onstage,” says Chesney. “The No Shoes Nation are the most passionate music lovers I’ve ever seen. When you get out amongst them, you can’t help but get swept up. And I wanted to give the people who can’t be there a chance to get the feel for the whole day… because some of what happens, you’ll never get a regular TV network to make part of a concert special.”

The camaraderie, the stories, the friendship, the boats, the cornhole challenges, the cook-outs… That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Veteran reporter Kay understands: she’s been capturing the fan pre-game action as part of ESPN Music’s “College Game Day” for years, as well as interviewing celebrities for ESPN Music’s “Game Time with Deanna Kay.” Her work has also been an integral part of VH-1’s “Big Morning Buzz,” as well as doing behind the scenes work for MTV’s “House of Style,” “TRL,” the annual “Video Music Awards” and “Jammed.”

“My dream job is to be an on-camera host mixing sports, music and social media. I want to make people smile, be informative and fun,” Kay says. With her high-energy personality and natural curiosity about people, she will be channeling the shows for anyone who can’t make it.

Kay will also be a ticket source. During tour stops, she will hide tickets, leaving clues via social media (@NoShoesNation on Twitter/Instagram, as well as No Shoes Nation’s Facebook page) to give fans the opportunity to have scavenger hunt fun and get upgraded, as well as rewarding people with the best stories some of the coveted wristbands for the GA area down front.

USA Today wrote of The Big Revival Tour’s kick-off,  “Outside Bridgestone Arena was cold and drizzling Thursday night. Inside, it might as well have been a beach party, as Kenny Chesney kicked off The Big Revival Tour 2015,” and Rolling Stone opined, “Fired up and sold out. The Nashville show was a packed house — with tickets selling so fast that the country superstar decided to add a second night.” The Big Revival Tour – with a million tickets sold before the first note was played – is this summer’s “tour of the year.”

No Shoes TV—which lives on Kennychesney.com — brings the No Shoes Nation experience into view for people who love his high-energy shows and life-defining music. Whether you’re spending the summer chasing the Corona Light-sponsored Big Revival Tour or hearing any number of his 26 No. 1s floating out of the radio, No Shoes TV will put you right in the heart of the action. View the first installment below.

Kenny Chesney’s 2015 The Big Revival Tour is sponsored by Corona Light and sponsored by Blue Chair Bay.

Kenny Chesney Announces 2 More Las Vegas Gigs at The Joint

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Kenny Chesney announced from The Joint’s stage this weekend that he is adding two more Las Vegas shows to The Big Revival Tour. Chesney will return to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4th. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 10th at 10 a.m.

“We helped open this place [six] years ago,” Chesney announced while on stage at The Joint. “It feels good to be back, we’re going to a lot of places this summer but we’ll be coming back here in July. This is the eighth time we’ve played here and we can’t get enough.”

Fun fact: Chesney has played The Joint more than any other artist or band (excluding the residency bands) with a total of nine shows, which included a show for the opening of the new Joint in April 2009. The two July shows will bring it to eleven amazing performances by the country superstar at the venue.

Chesney performed a set full of his biggest hits including “Summertime,” “American Kids,” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” as well as a few cover songs such as “Whole Lotta Rosey” during his packed, two-night concert series at The Joint. The crowd partied along as they experienced his shows in a more intimate setting than his typical arena-sized concerts.

Tickets start at $155 (plus applicable service fees) and go on sale Friday, April 10 at 10 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel box office, by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX or online at www.axs.com. For VIP ticket packages including premium seating options, please contact jointvip@hrhvegas.com. For groups of 12 or more, please call 702.693.4017 or contact darnson@hrhvegas.com.

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Kenny Chesney’s “The Big Revival Tour” Opens To Raves

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

Kenny Chesney hit Nashville like a wrecking ball – after almost two years off the road. For opening night, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year played over three and a half hours – mining songs from across his career, including five songs from his brand new release, The Big Revival – and featuring special guests and good friends Taylor Swift, Grace Potter, Uncle Kracker, David Lee Murphy and Joe Walsh.

The 36 song set found the audience euphorically engaged: singing along almost louder than the band could play, raising so many lighters during “Anything But Mine” they drowned the lights in their glow. Equally rapturous was the media in attendance for the sold out show that kicked off 2015’s summer-long The Big Revival Tour.

USA Today set the scene, writing, “Outside Bridgestone Arena was cold and drizzling Thursday night. Inside, it might as well have been a beach party, as Kenny Chesney kicked off The Big Revival Tour” and Rolling Stone opined, “Fired up and sold out. The Nashville show was a packed house — with tickets selling so fast that the country superstar decided to add a second night.”

Local daily The Tennessean offered, “Over the course of the concert, Chesney didn’t talk much – he just kept the hits and charisma coming… Fans sang ‘Summertime’ along with him and nearly as loud as his state-of-the-art sound system. Audience members used their cell phones to light up the arena like fireflies during ‘Anything But Mine’ and danced and sang along with ‘No Shoes, No Shirt No Problems.’”

Country Weekly deemed “Thursday night’s (March 26) kickoff show for The Big Revival Tour at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena was one for the ages, while AllAccess.com raved “it was clear last night that he’s missed sharing music with 20,000 fans and some of his closest musical friends. It was also clear there is no apparent rust on Chesney or his band members after time off for making his The Big Revival album.”

“I learned a long ago, you never know what the critics will think,” Chesney explained. “So I do my show for the fans, send ’em home happy, give them a few hours where the only thing they think about is the good stuff, give ’em the best night they’ll have all year – and know that’s my bottom line. But I have to say, when the reviewers like it, too, that’s the best feeling of all.

“The crowd at the Bridgestone both nights was incredible – and getting to play with Joe and Grace and David Lee, as well as Taylor and Kracker the first night was awesome. And the reviews? Well, you could say they’re icing on the birthday cake.”

With two sold-out Bridgestone Arena shows opening his 2015 The Big Revival Tour, Chesney is leaning into summer with a vengeance. The Corona Light sponsored tour – which has sold a million tickets before the first note was played — runs 55 dates, including 22 stadiums through August. The man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road” is heading into a very good summer, indeed.

Kenny Chesney’s 2015 The Big Revival Tour is sponsored by Corona Light and sponsored by Blue Chair Bay.

Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour Kicks Off with Huge Surprises

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour kicked off last night in Nashville and he kept fans partying until after midnight with a set that lasted over 3 hours!

Kicking off the party were Chase Rice and Jake Owen.  Jake isn’t new to the big stage and there was not an empty seat in the house when his bare feet and smokin’ hot new haircut took the stage for his always high energy set!

Kenny – clad in a dark sleeveless Grace Potter and the Nocturnals t-shirt – hit Nashville like a house a-fire. From the opening of the New Orleans funeral drum corps/street preacher noir film until the last ringing note of Joe Walsh’s hard-charging “All Night Long,” the East Tennessean showed how much he missed the fans since he walked offstage after two sold-out nights at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium in 2013.

In a 36 song set that took 13 songs to get to a ballad, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year relentlessly moved across the stage, held the center, engaged the fans and delivered the kind of impassioned performance that made Chesney the only Country Artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years. Opening with “Drink It Up” from his 13th #1 The Big Revival, the show was a romp featuring not just his hits but many of his guests’ best loved songs.

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

Taylor Swift took the stage as the living embodiment of everything Chesney’s girl-with-a-dream “Big Star” represents, singing hard and showing off an explosive power in her delivery. As the song swung into its final verse, the pair swept a young girl out of the audience and with a nod to the future, let her help sing the final chorus.

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

That spirit of friendship permeated. Grace Potter emerged from the shadows, providing yearning harmonies on the current single “Wild Child.” She would return to kick-off the night’s six-song encore, just Chesney and a pair of guitars on the yearning “You & Tequila.” Uncle Kracker reprised the pair’s six week #1, “When the Sun Goes Down,” then performed his breakthrough “Follow Me” and the 28-week Adult Contemporary #1 cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.”

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

There were redneck songwriters – David Lee Murphy, who wrote “Living In Fast Forward,” “Pirate Flag,” “Flora-Bama,” performed his #1 “Dust on the Bottle,” as well as “Party Crowd” from his gold 1994 debut Out With A Bang. There were Rock and Roll Hall of Famers – Joe Walsh, who not only led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to the headliner, but scorched “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “All Night Long” and “Life’s Been Good” with a ferocity that scalded the AOR classics.

There were nakedly intimate moments: Chesney and guitar on his signature “Old Blue Chair,” alone in a spotlight on the thrust with only Wyatt Beard on keyboards for the multiple week #1 “There Goes My Life.” For “Anything But Mine,” the paean to a summer love, so many fans held lighters and cell phones with flames aloft, the crowd was almost brighter than the stage.

“Rock Bottom” hit hard. Later newcomer Harmoni Kelley McCarty’s feverish take on AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” exploded into the GRAMMY-nominated “American Kids.”

Kenny is a huge sell out when it comes to tours, having no problem selling out stadiums all over.  Stadium shows to me, are not as much fun normally.  They usually leave the fans feeling a sense of disconnect because of the massive space between the artists and the fans.  But I must admit, after seeing many different artists perform on that stage in Nashville over the years Bridgestone Arena didn’t feel large enough to hold what Kenny Chesney gave to his fans last night.

With two sold-out Bridgestone Arena shows starting his The Big Revival 2015 Tour, Chesney is already leaning into summer with a vengeance. His Corona Light sponsored tour finds him playing 55 dates, including 22 stadiums between now and the end of August – and it looks like the man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road” has no plans to secede his crown.

That crowd was awesome,” Chesney enthused. “Talk about the greatest birthday present! Hearing them sing those songs back at me: it’s why the No Shoes Nation rocks. Nobody loves music like they do, and I am always amazed by how hard they throw that energy at us.”

Kenny plays Bridgestone Arena again tonight before moving on to Columbia, S.C., Saturday.

Keep up with Kenny online at KennyChesney.com and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @kennychesney.

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