Super Bowl visit inspires singer Chesney as tour begins | Baseball

Kenny Chesney knows all about a sound barrier. He creates one at each of his concerts.

So when the country music superstar stood at SoFi Stadium for the Super Bowl in February, he couldn’t help but think about when his “Here And Now” tour would hit the venue the next day. July 23.

“The Super Bowl is one of the most exciting nights of the year, no matter what you like,” says Chesney, a rabid football fan as well as one of the best-selling entertainers of this century, regardless of either gender. “But being a new stadium, LA, these teams, it was a convergence of everything. We had a blast, watching it, being together. Don’t underestimate the power of being together – especially during a big night – and everyone missed it more than they knew. So yeah, it was intense in the best way.

It’s the atmosphere Chesney fully expects when he kicks off the tour April 23 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. His concerts are sold out at NFL stadiums, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been three years since most cities have hosted his tour. The ambitious upcoming tour includes 18 plays at 16 NFL stadiums and two MLB arenas, plus a slew of smaller venues.

“And I think our audience will be just as intense and vibrant in a different version in the same way,” he notes of the SoFi shutdown – although he could most likely feel the same atmosphere in the one of 39 tour locations. “We were supposed to be part of the first round of shows (in 2021), which is a good thing to do. Then the world stopped. Now we’re going to take that back, and if I know that Southern California crowd that packed the Rose Bowl, it’s going to be crazy.

Although Chesney hasn’t toured, he’s been busy writing and recording music – always with an eye on getting back on the road to share it. The cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 concerts has been painful for all artists, naturally, and Chesney insisted that this year’s shows will not be limited musically, in their staging and, above all, in attendance. .

Indeed, in Tampa, organizers have repeatedly opened more seats; it’s a show that went on sale 932 days before Chesney took the stage

“When we made the decision not to go out last year it was because there were too many tickets sold – and I didn’t want to be in the position of people who had kept their seats who were told ‘Yeah, well, you can’t come,’ he said. ”No Shoes Nation is a cohesive place; part of the fun is how the people who live in these songs come together. You can hear them stalking the parking lots; you see them lined up for the opening of the lots. I didn’t want to come out before everyone could be a part of it. Not the most we could fit in, but every person who wanted to be there.

“As long as I’ve waited…they’ve waited just as long.” So no No Shoes Nationer is left behind. Want to rock with us? Go for it. We are here. We are ready. Let’s see how loud we can make, how much fun we can have, and how many memories we can create each night.

It’s been a long time since he spent those nights with thousands and thousands of fans. When their voices meet his, it feels like a community party. Yet these concerts are also driven by location: at the end of almost every song, the explosion of cheers is reminiscent of the noise generated when the home team scores a touchdown.

No matter where Chesney lands, from Florida to Foxboro, from Minneapolis to the Meadowlands, this environment repeats itself.

But then it wasn’t. For more than two years.

“You do what you do,” says Chesney, who will be joined by country supergroup Old Dominion, Carly Pearce and Dan and Shay for much of the tour. “When you can’t play for the fans, who are really just friends at this point, whether we meet or not – that’s a big part of why we call them No Shoes Nation – I always turn to music. It was frustrating not being able to play these new songs for people, and we have a few of those in the show, but I want it to be a surprise, so putting the setlist together was tough. But working on new songs and having time to really get the feedback, hear what this album meant to people, it was amazing how strong the response was for songs like ‘Here And Now’ But even the “Knowing You” waltz tells me that people are really listening to these albums, really using the music to help them get over not being together too.

“I never thought this music would do that, I can say the same. But I’m so glad it did.

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