The eternal touring machine that is Kenny Chesney has officially gone on record as saying he won’t be on the road next summer, which seems completely fair enough when you consider the fact that he’s apparently been on tour every Summer since 2001?!
Chesney, who’s currently on his ‘No Shoes Nation’ 2013 tour wants to spend the time working on the follow-up to his seventh Billboard number one album, Life On a Rock. He told The Hollywood Reporter, “I love touring more than anyone in the world…I love the band, the crew, the whole team — and it’s weird to not be looking at next year’s stage design, but I shouldn’t make albums to service the tour. So I’m going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer.”
Let’s be honest, though, he probably also has a family and friends and things like that, and would quite like to spend some time with them too. Kenny, if you’re reading this: there is nothing strange about that, OK? You are a human being too.
The country star also added that he’d miss life on the road: “We have so much fun out there… with the fans, the other bands… It’s summer camp with guitars and a great sound system.”
It is also possible that this decision has been exclusively motivated by the fact that he’s used up all the good tour names he can think of and will need at least a year to come up with another one.* My evidence (as if I need any more): his current tour is called the ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour.
(*Obviously, this is NOT TRUE.)
Anyway, fans are expected to be sad about this and feel like they’ve missed out and stuff, which is understandable; it’s not like he’s been touring for the last 12 years or anything. Oh wait.
“Get ready to party with ‘Good Morning America’ every Friday this summer!” That’s what ABC is saying about it’s upcoming annual summer concert series, and this year the lineup includes Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and Kenny Chesney, among many others.
Mariah Carey will start things off as the first performer on May 24. The series will run through August 30 when Alicia Keys will close down the series. The performances are held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park in New York.
The rest of the lineup skews to the pop side of the musical landscape with Demi Lovato, OneRepublic, Jennifer Lopez, Carly Rae Jepsen and Selena Gomez. The latter artist will no doubt use the appearance as part of what is shaping up to be a huge promotional campaign for her upcoming debut solo album. Though no official title or release date has been revealed for the album, Gomez is going on a world tour later this year. The debut single from the album, “Come and Get It,” was released earlier this month.
Other notable artists that will appear on the GMA Concert Series include Pitbull, John Legend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and The Wanted. All concerts are free and open to the public, and take place live during “Good Morning America” between 7 and 9 am Eastern every Friday. Concerts by Mariah Carey, Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez will require free tickets that will be available closer to the concert date.
A press release reveals that Mariah Carey will perform the new single from her upcoming album. No other information has been revealed about a new set of songs, though she did just release a teaser trailer for a song called “#Beautiful” that is a duet with Miguel.
The 30 second trailer for the new song doesn’t reveal much, and is a looped guitar lick over what sounds like the scratches of a vinyl record. I really hope that the hash tag in front of the song title is just a marketing ploy and not the actual title of the song.
The brand new Tower Amphitheater in Austin will open with a bang as Kenny Chesney will be the first act to perform at the venue.
The concert will take place April 5, and also will feature opener Kacey Musgraves. The new concert facility has a total capacity of 15,000 fans. This includes 5,240 fixed seats, special VIP seating and hospitality, and 18 premium boxes. Concession areas can be found on both sides of the stage as well as through the Grand Plaza area of the venue.
“We’re thrilled to open our new Tower Amphitheater, which will be the largest outdoor entertainment venue in central Texas, with the No. 1 ticket seller in country music today,” said Steve Sexton, president of the venue’s owner, Circuit of the Americas. “Kenny Chesney is a remarkable and engaging performer, a true fan favorite and one of the elite touring artists in the world. The Tower Amphitheater will showcase the biggest names in music, and for our very first show, it doesn’t get much bigger than Kenny Chesney.
Seating for the show begins at 7 p.m with Musgraves taking the stage an hour later – but organizers recommend fans arrive early. The parking lot at the venue will open at 5 p.m. to host the very first tailgate party on the grounds.
In other Chesney news, the artist just announced that the first single for his upcoming album will be “Pirate Flag,” and is set for release on January 31. The song is written by David Lee Murphy and Ross Copperman, and will appear on Chesney’s as-yet-untitled album that will be released later this year.
“No matter how you live, there is part of you that yearns to be free, to say, ‘What the hell…’ and just do what you want to do! That’s what this song is all about,” Chesney said of “Pirate Flag.”
The event will be held on the beach Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on April 13-14, 2013, and the extensive festival lineup also includes Eli Young Band, Gary Allan, G. Love and Special Sauce, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gary Clark Jr., Kip Moore and Sister Hazel, among many others.
“This is not your average music festival,” festival producer A.J. Niland told TheBoot.com. “This festival will showcase world class talent, with world class amenities on a world class beachfront setting. More importantly, it is a festival with a purpose.
The organizers of the festival have partnered with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Ocean Conservancy to provide a Conservation Village that will be set up at the festival. The Village will provide information and tools to help preserve the oceans of the world.
“We get to use our voices to draw attention to some of the problems affecting our beaches and our oceans,” Mike Eli, frontman of the Eli Young band, told TheBoot.com. “For example, overfishing and shark finning. Did you know 200,000 sharks are killed everyday just for their fins to make shark fin soup? Someday, I want my grandchildren to be able to experience what I’ve experienced. I want them to see the beauty of the ocean. It’s great to be a part of a festival that’s trying to spread the word, making sure the ocean is preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Eli Young bassist Jon Jones also spoke about how important it is for their fans to get involved.
“We hope by speaking up, we can help to impact the choices our fans make and encourage them to get involved,” he said. “There are so many issues impacting our oceans and coastlines – overfishing and pollution are just a start… It’s important for us to call attention to these issues and chip in where we can.”
The “No Shoes Radio Tour” kicks off March 16, 2013 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and is scheduled to run through an August 24 show at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. In between those dates, Chesney will visit stadiums in cities including Dallas, Milwaukee, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Denver, Atlanta and Detroit.
Eli Young Band will be on the tour for all of the dates, and Eric Church will appear on about half the dates, while Zac Brown Band will be the special guest on the dates not featuring Church. Kacey Musgraves also will open every date. More cities and dates should be announced soon for the tour.
Cheney says that the name of the tour comes from his desire to have a name for his fans.
“We’ve been looking for a way to give my fanbase a name,” he explained when announcing the tour on No Shoes Radio. “Everybody has built No Shoes Nation. What we’ve created on the road is something so special – for the fans, myself, the band, crew… Their love for the music is constant; they are so passionate about the music.”
During the announcement, Chesney also heaped praise on Musgraves.
“My manager Clint told me about this girl,” Chesney said. “She’s got a great record… one of the freshest, most authentic female singer/songwriters I’ve heard in a while.”
He also said that he was somewhat unfamiliar with Eli Young Band until recently.
“I didn’t know much about them, but their songs ‘Crazy Girl’ beat ‘You and Tequila’ for song of the year… and I went, ‘Wait a minute!’” Chesney said. “So I went and listened to their record and was really impressed.”
Zac Brown previously toured with Chesney back in the summer of 2011.
Eric Church will be taking some time off from touring in 2013, but it appears he might still have some exciting news up his sleeve. Rumors are now rampant that Church will head out on the road with Kenny Chesney next year.
Though Church hasn’t released any official word on the news, he did mention the possibility recently on a radio program.
“It’s still rumor stage, but I can at least say most of next year off is true,” Church said on Florida radio station WKIS. “We’re doing some shows in Canada first part of the year, but as far as the U.S. goes, I think it’s looking like we maybe do 20 shows across the country. We’re going to try and focus on, from a songwriting standpoint and a record standpoint, where we go next and where we go from here. Regardless of what happens with touring with anybody else, we’re going to be taking most of the year off.”
I suppose that means no extensive tour like Chesney’s recent “Brothers of the Sun” tour with Tim McGraw. Church will wrap up his current “Blood, Sweat & Beers” tour late next month, and recently told Billboard that he wants to focus on songwriting.
“I want to see if I can write some songs and see where we can go, musically,” he told the magazine. “I’m looking forward to that. I really want to see where this thing goes.”
Earlier this month, Church earned the most nominations of any artist for this year’s annual CMA awards with five. His hit “Springsteen” was nominated for Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year. He is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for his third album, Chief. He did not, however, get a nod for the coveted Entertainer of the Year spot, which included nominations for country’s elite Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean.
All “Jersey Shore” jokes aside, Kenny Chesney is getting ready to play a free concert on, well, the Jersey shore.
The singer-songwriter will head to the Garden State to play a free 75-minute set in Wildwood, N.J. on an outdoor stage South of Morey’s Pier. The concert will take place on June 20. Though the show is free, fans will still need tickets to be admitted. Tickets can be obtained through Ticketmaster.
The free show will likely be used as an event to celebrate Chesney’s upcoming album, Welcome to the Fishbowl, which will be released the day before. The album will be Chesney’s 13th studio album, and he recently explained to USA Today that the title came from a time he was hanging out with some football-playing pals at a beach bar called The Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Fla.
“We walked in, and it was packed,” he said. “There was about 20 minutes of people coming up, saying hello, wanting to get something signed.
“After that died down, one of those guys said, ‘I didn’t realize your life was like this.’ I said, ‘Hey, man, welcome to the fishbowl.’ As soon as I said it, I realized that I was going to write a song about how our would and our culture is shrinking.”
He goes on to say that the song isn’t really about celebrity.
“In fact, at the end of the song I speak to the celebrities and say, ‘You asked for this,’” he said. “But you don’t have to be in the public eye for your business to be everybody’s business. And that’s just the way it is.”
Earlier this month, Chesney kicked off his summer tour with fellow superstar Tim McGraw, dubbed the Brothers in the Sun tour. He explains what kind of songs fans can expect on the tour.
“I try to fill my sets full of songs that everybody lives with everyday,” he said. “To play a new song in a stadium, you might lose people. They might tune out for three minutes. But I’m at a point in my life where I want to play them new music. I want them to know we might do Fishbowl and a couple more.”
Some of the biggest names in the music world have signed on to pay tribute to the legendary Johnny Cash and celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday this year. Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson are among those that will appear at “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash,” which will be broadcast on the legendary “Austin City Limits” television show.
The show will be held April 20, and will later be produced and distributed by Legacy Recordings. Other performers playing at the event include Lucinda Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Ray LaMontagne, John Hiatt, Rhett Miller, Carolina Chocolate Drops and Evanescence singer Amy Lee.
In addition to paying tribute to Johnny Cash, the event also will be benefit a charity. Money raised will go to Charley’s Fund, a group that fights Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal childhood disease.
Cash’s son spoke of the great lineup in a press release.
“Our family is honored to know that this amazing lineup of artists will gather together on one stage to pay tribute to the music and history of my father,” said John Carter Cash. “There is no doubt in my mind that, although he is no longer with us in body, his spirit will shine true on this night thanks to these inspired artists.”
The artists will be backed by a band directed by acclaimed producer, Don Was, who also spoke of the event.
“Having had the privilege of working with Johnny Cash on a Highwaymen project in 1995, I was able to experience firsthand the incredible spirit and musical gift that lived within Johnny,” he said. “We have an all-star lineup of incredible talent performing the songs that made Johnny a legend including fellow Highwaymen Kris and Willie. It will be an incredible evening of music of special combinations, duets and jams”
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, who toured together extensively in the early 2000s, will reunite next summer for a string of dates that will take them across America as part of the Brothers of the Sun stadium tour.
First, the two spent a couple of summers on the George Strait Country Music Fest stadium tours, and then went on to tour sheds on their own, with McGraw headlining. This time around, Chesney will be closing the shows, though he says there will be a lot of collaboration between the two artists.
While McGraw was a higher draw in those early years, Chesney has become the top selling touring act in Country music, and was recently awarded his sixth straight Top Package award at the Billboard Touring Awards.
The dates will kick off June 2 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium and will run through August 25, when the pair hit the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Other cities they will visit during the 19-date tour include Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Denver and Detroit, among others.
Both artists announced that the shows will likely be the most extensive touring they’ll be doing for the upcoming year. Chesney told Billboard he was constantly working on his record and, though he may do some dates overseas, he probably would not be doing many more American dates.
McGraw, who has expanded his entertainment career to include prominent movie roles, said he currently is considering several film projects, so his scheduling is still up in the air, though he doubts there will be many more concerts scheduled.
Chesney’s latest record, Hemingway’s Whiskey, was released in September 2010 and has since sold over 1 million copies. McGraw hasn’t released a record since October 2009 when Southern Voice was released, which also went to number one on the Billboard Country charts.
The new iHeartRadio Festival is being billed as radio history’s biggest ever live music event (whatever that means). Organizers have pulled all the stops out to deliver a lineup that is loaded with many of the music industry’s biggest stars.
Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas, Nicky Minaj, Coldplay and Lady Gaga are among the artists scheduled to appear at the I Heart Radio inaugural festival, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas at MGM Grand on September 23-24. Joining them on the bill will be John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts, David Guetta, Jennifer Lopez and Kenny Chesney, among others.
Organizers have promised that as the summer runs on more artists will continue to be added. Hosting the event will the always busy Ryan Seacrest. The show will be streamed live via mobile devices and online at iHeartRadio.com as well as across all websites of radio stations owned by Clear Channel.
For those wanting to attend the event in person, liking iHeartRadio at Facebook will give fans the first chance at tickets. On Saturday at 1 a.m. the pre-sale will end. The general public sale will start at 1 pm that same day via Ticketmaster.com.
Since it is a radio fest, listeners are being given lots of opportunities for winning free trips to Las Vegas by Clear Channel to attend the event. Visit iheartradio.com for more information.