Monday, August 26, 2013

Kenny Chesney Again Notches BIG Numbers

Kenny Chesney's second night at Gillette Stadium and final No Shoes Nation show took off like a bobsled, slamming through four songs including the gold certified "Pirate Flag" before he took a breath.
With an a cappella "Whatever makes you feel like a rock star" and one crashing downbeat,

Both nights, the crowd of 109,207 was on its feet, singing along with the 8-time Entertainer of the Year's two hour-plus set.

"There's energy, and then there's energy," an exhausted Chesney said, coming offstage the second night. "The fans in Boston have always been very, very special to us. These were our 10th and 11th shows at Gillette; every year, it just gets more intense."

To celebrate the milestone, the Kraft family had a Super Bowl-style banner hung permanently near an end zone to commemorate the naming of the No Shoes Nation in 2012. The blue and white vertical flag rippled in the wind as Chesney and his band blazed through a 27 song set that included guest appearances from tourmates Kasey Musgraves on "Come Over," the Eli Young Band on "Take It Easy" and Eric Church for the current single "When I See This Bar," which the Luttrell, Tennessean told the crowd, "There's a radio version but we're going to do the album version" and dedicated the final verse to his many friends who shared his coming of age in the Virgin Islands.
"It's an incredible life," Chesney says. "Looking over and seeing all those faces, it was like 'When I See This Bar' was happening right there on stage right... and having Eric sing it with me, a guy who knows what it means to punch it out in a little dive bar with nobody there, well, that's everything that song is! And everybody's been there."

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