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.”