Kenny Chesney’s Spread The Love Tour doesn’t officially kick off until next month, but that didn’t stop the superstar from “spreading the love” in Key West, Florida with a free show at Sloppy Joe’s on Monday.
Fans began to line up for Chesney’s “Keg Show” the night before, and by 6am Monday morning, officials blocked off Duval Street to accommodate the growing crowd.
The eight-time Entertainer of the Year took the stage at 5:02pm and treated fans to an unforgettable performance that included hits such as “Summertime,” “Pirate Flag,” and “Beer In Mexico.”
“We’ve been off, and we’re getting to know each other again,” Chesney told the crowd. “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.”
The Tennessee native also treated fans to a few surprises, including covers of John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good,” Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride & Joy,” and George Strait’s “The Fireman” and “Carried Away.” He also brought out Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey to join him for the three-week No. 1, “Save It For A Rainy Day,” which Ramsey co-wrote. The biggest surprise of the night came when Eric Church sat in for several songs, including “Springsteen” and “Drink In My Hand.”
“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.”
Next up for Chesney is the much-anticipated release of his new single, “Noise.” The song, which he co-wrote with Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, will debut this Thursday on the superstar’s official Facebook page.