Kenny + Boston = 5 In A Row
Foxboro, MA: Considering that he’s sold close to 60,000 tickets at Gillette Stadium each of the past 4 years – along with anchoring Farm Aid’s 2008 sell-out – in less than an hour, it would be safe to say there’s some kind of special romance between the singer/songwriter from Luttrell, Tennessee and the people of Boston, MA. And if logic would suggest that you can saturate a market, that’s missing the passion inherent to the Northeast city that was among Chesney’s very first stadium markets.
“There is just something about those people,” marvels the 4-time and current Country Music Association and 4-straight and reigning Academy of Country Music Entertaier of the Year. “Every time we play Gillette Stadium, they come – and they sing their hearts out. It may be one of the NFL’s biggest stadiums, but I’m telling you… every year, those people make it feel like a little club date.”
So when it came time to route Chesney’s much anticipated 2009 tour – one which follows in the million-ticket-selling tradition of the past seven years – Boston was the one city that was never up for discussion. Having recorded pieces of his Live Those Songs Again concert record at Gillette Stadium and written about an expat waitress in “She Comes From Boston” on his platinum Be As You Are: Songs From An Old Blue Chair.
With an August 15th show going up for sale on December 13, if history repeats itself, those tickets won’t last more than hour – with his quickest sell-out being 2007’s 14 minutes and gone. With a major tour in the throes of planning, one thing is certain: it looks to be another day of good fun, better music and a whole lotta Kenny Chesney.
“People sometimes come up to me in meet & greets and I know their story… how maybe the girls have all gone to other cities and they come together once a year for our show ’cause they did it in college or whatever,” Chesney laughs. “Well, that’s kinda the way me and the guys feel about Boston. I mean, we see faces we know in the sand bar at just about every show we play… But it just seems like in Boston, we know almost all the faces! We’ve watched people grow up, come into their lives – and it’s wild to be up there – or zipping around the parking lot in the afternoon – and realize you know that person, only… well, they’re here with… their wife,.. or their kids.
“That’s Boston: a place that’s really grown up with us.”
Having debuted at #1 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Chart with Lucky Old Sun and having already spent two weeks at #1 with “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven,” Chesney’s duet with Mac McAnally “Down The Road” is moving fast – making this summer’s biggest party that much more grounded in the tropical introspection that marks the high energy performer’s brand of good time American music. As goes Kenny Chesney, so goes summer – and it’s official: Dec. 13th, people in the Northeeast can buy their piece of best time of summer 2009 is guaranteed to hold.