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

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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.

Reba, Garth, Kenny & MORE to be Honored with ACM Milestone Awards

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The Academy of Country Music announced today that Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba, George Strait, Taylor Swift, and Brooks & Dunn will be honored with the prestigious 50th Anniversary Milestone Award commemorating their groundbreaking career achievements in ACM Awards history. The seven honorees will each receive an exclusive trophy created by renowned jewelry and timepiece designer, David Yurman, during the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. The ceremony, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will be broadcast LIVE, and as previously announced, extended by half an hour in celebration of its golden anniversary, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

The Academy of Country Music 50th Anniversary Milestone Award recognizes artists that have advanced the popularity and acceptance of country music by accomplishing milestones unique to the Academy of Country Music, voted on by the ACM Board of Directors.

“The history of the ACM Awards and country music would not be the same without the incredible achievements by these seven superstars,” said Bob Romeo, CEO for the Academy of Country Music. “We are so thankful to David Yurman for partnering with us and creating such a perfectly crafted trophy that memorializes these amazing milestones.”

ACM 50TH ANNIVERSARY MILESTONE AWARD RECIPIENTS

GARTH BROOKS – Most Awarded ACM Entertainer Of The Year
Brooks has won twenty-one (21) ACM Awards including six (6) ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies, making him the most awarded Entertainer of the Year in the Academy’s history and is nominated again this year in that category. He has also been recognized as ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade for the 1990s and received a 40th Anniversary Milestone Award.

KENNY CHESNEY – First Fan-Voted ACM Entertainer Of The Year
Chesney has received eleven (11) ACM Awards including four (4) ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies. In 2008, Chesney became the first artist in Academy history to be named Entertainer of the Year by the fans, who were allowed for the first time that year to cast their votes online for their favorite artist. He also received the Triple Crown Award in 2005, which is the Academy’s recognition for artists who have previously won ACM Awards in all three of the following categories: New Artist; Male/Female Vocalist and/or Vocal Duo/Vocal Group; and Entertainer of the Year.

MIRANDA LAMBERT – Most Awarded Solo Female Artist
Lambert is the Academy’s most awarded solo female artist with a total of eighteen (18) ACM awards. Currently, she holds the record for the most consecutive Female Vocalist wins with five awards. Additionally, Lambert is the most winning Song of the Year solo female artist with three (3) awards, having been honored as the artist for “The House That Built Me,” and as the artist and composer for “Over You.” This year, Lambert leads with eight nominations, including her forth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and ninth consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year.

REBA – Most Awarded ACM Female Vocalist Of The Year
Reba has earned a total of thirteen (13) ACM Awards and is the Academy’s most awarded Female Vocalist of the Year of the past 50 years with seven (7) awards. In addition, Reba has hosted the ACM Awards a record fourteen (14) times spanning over four (4) decades, the most for any host in the Academy’s history. She was also honored in 2011 with a Career Achievement Award for advancing the popularity and acceptance of country music through their endeavors in the entertainment industry.

GEORGE STRAIT – ACM Winner Over Four Decades
Strait, the king of country music, has a remarkable career earning a total of twenty-one (21) ACM Awards spanning the course of four consecutive decades. Having won his first ACM Entertainer accolade for 1989, Strait’s 2013 win in the category gave him the largest span, 24 years, between Entertainer wins in Academy history. He also received the 40th Anniversary Milestone Award in 2005, five (5) Male Vocalist of the Year Awards, and was honored as the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade for the 2000s, being only one of five acts to have received the honor.

TAYLOR SWIFT – Youngest ACM Entertainer Of The Year
Swift has won eight (8) ACM Awards including a Jim Reeves International Award in 2011 for her outstanding contributions to the expansion of country music throughout the world. She earned the Crystal Milestone Award for being the best-selling artist in all genres of music in 2008 and has also won two ACM Entertainer of the Year awards. At the age of 21, Swift became the youngest Entertainer of the Year in the Academy’s history.

BROOKS & DUNN – Most Awarded Artist
Brooks &Dunn, the best-selling duo in country music history, have won the most ACM Awards in the past 50 years with a total of twenty-seven (27) awards including three (3) Entertainer of the Year trophies, and a Triple Crown Award. They also hold the record as the top winning Vocal Duo with sixteen (16) awards, and with the most consecutive Vocal Duo wins with eight (8).

Limited view tickets for the 50th ACM Awards are available NOW at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets to the ACM Awards sold out last spring in a record 18 minutes, but as staging changes became final for the telecast, seats to the previously SOLD OUT Awards have been added. For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events, visit www.ACMcountry.com

Kenny Chesney Pool Pre-Party??? Um…Yes Please

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino presents Kenny Chesney Pre-Concert Pool Party Weekend at REHAB Pool with performances by Uncle Kracker and Dee Jay Silver, poolside games, specialty cocktails and more on Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th. When the sun goes down each night, partygoers can make their way across the property to Chesney’s shows at The Joint.

Guests can take advantage of classic drinking games such as beer pong and cornhole while inflatable bulls fill up the pool. Set within the hotel’s 4.8-acre tropical oasis, the party will offer refreshing beverages such as Corona Extra and specialty cocktails infused with Blue Chair Bay® from Chesney’s Caribbean-inspired line of premium rum. Mini kegs will also be available to VIP attendees.

Tickets to Chesney’s Pre-Concert Pool Party Weekend at REHAB Pool start at $10 for females and $20 for males per day and can be purchased at www.hardrockhotel.com. No Shoes Nation members and ticketholders for Chesney’s shows at The Joint will receive complimentary entry.

Tickets to Chesney’s shows at The Joint are available 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.

Before the First Note, Kenny Chesney’s “The Big Revival” Hits A Million

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It’s been a year in the making, and people are obviously ready for Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour. With his first tour in two years not kicking off until next week, the man The Los Angeles Times called “The People’s Superstar” has already surpassed the one million ticket mark.

“It’s a little surreal,” says the only Country Act in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years. “I know how hungry I am to get out there and see all the faces of the No Shoes Nation, but it feels good knowing they’re as ready to see us as we are to see them!”

With an almost instant sell-out for two nights at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium and an instant sell-out at Minneapolis’ Target Field that prompted adding a second night, as well as the tour kick-off March 26th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena moving so fast a second night was added, The Big Revival Tour rolls into this summer with a vengeance. Having spent a decade headlining stadiums in many of the nation’s unlikeliest cities, Chesney is also returning to some markets he’s not played in a few years For The Big Revival, beyond the 22 stadiums on the schedule, Chesney has shifted his focus from the amphitheaters to playing more arenas in an attempt to get closer to the stadium experience for the fans who will be coming to the more intimate shows.

“Having spent the year I wasn’t on the road, making music and thinking about how I wanted to bring it to the fans, we really went looking for things that would ramp up both the concert experience and the way the songs hit… and when you’re pulling in a PA from Australia, a lighting system from Italy and video screens that rival Cowboys’ Stadium, you kinda hate to walk away from that sort of intensity…

“No one loves playing outside more than I do, but when we looked at the show, thought about what we were going to do in the stadiums, it just made sense to shift our focus to the arenas. It’s a little different for us, but it’s going to make for a better show for the fans! Just being in rehearsals, hearing the band – who’ve never sounded better – and these songs, the energy before we even get to the fans is incredible. Put a roof on it, add these screens… and get ready.”

The Big Revival, his 13th No. 1 Billboard Country Album debut, already yielded his 25th and 26th No.1’s: the GRAMMY-nominated multiple week chart-topper “American Kids,” also nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s Song, Single and Video of the Year Awards, and “’Til It’s Gone.” With “Wild Child,” his free-spirited woman celebrating duet with Grace Potter, rising at country radio, there’s plenty of landmark new music from his latest project.

The critics concur. Rolling Stone offered The Big Revival “continuously brings a sense of musical energy and emotional urgency,” while USA Today called it, “a coming-of-age tale full of life-changing memories” and The Associated Press wrote, “avoids the cliches flowing through contemporary country songs by injecting some real-life gravitas.”

“This music on this album takes the show to a whole other level,” Chesney says. “I can’t even tell you what it’s done for the momentum, because I can’t capture it. But it’s why I’m ready to get out there with the fans… it’s gonna be a summer you won’t forget.”

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