Kenny Chesney Goes NFL In A BIG Way --
2008 Poets & Pirates Tour Announces 13 More Stadiums
Nashville: With the 2nd biggest tour of 2007 – behind the Police's two decades in the making Reunion Tour – and over 1 million fans played to for the 6th consecutive year, Kenny Chesney wanted to do something even bigger for his 2008 Poets & Pirates Tour. Having enjoyed sell-outs in 6 NFL Stadiums as part of his award-winning Flip Flop Summer Tour, the three consecutive and reigning Academy of Country Music and three-time and current Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year is upping the ante: announcing 13 football stadiums, with possibly more to come.
"It's amazing to me how much intimacy you can have in a place that big," Chesney marvels. "But there's something in those big shows you can't get anywhere else: a whole other kind of energy. You feel those fans all the way to the top, and there's nothing like it. And they come to have a big day with us, you can hear it when they sing 'Back Where I Come From' or 'Anything But Mine.' It's a blast, and I can't wait."
His 4th in as many years and highly anticipated July 26th show at the New England Patriots' Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. sold out in less than 15 minutes. Look for equally quick sales in Columbia, SC, Baltimore, MD, Cleveland, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA, Detroit, MI, Dallas, TX, Phoenix, AZ, San Francisco, CA, Nashville, TN, Chicago, IL and Indianapolis, IN.
Good friend and Grammy-winning multi-platinum superstar Keith Urban will be sharing many of the bills. Also appearing on several dates will be three-time Entertainers of the Year Brooks & Dunn, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar, platinum country rebels Big & Rich and newcomer Luke Bryan. Joining Chesney on all dates are Grammy-winning LeAnn Rimes and platinum progressive West Coast country star Gary Allan.
"We're changing it up to keep it interesting," says the man who last year conquered the NFL Stadiums in Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle. "Anyone who's been to one of these shows knows… the folks sharing the stage with us put out a lot of fire power! We have a big stage, and everybody does their very biggest show. It's pretty exciting to see everybody bringing their biggest game… but then, isn't that the whole point of getting into a stadium in the first place?"
As "Shiftwork," his calypso-dipped tribute to the people who work as hard as they play, follows his 5 week #1 "Don't Blink" and 6 week #1 "Never Wanted Nothin' More" – all from the platinum Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, up the charts, there's momentum like crazy around the good time guy from Luttrell, Tennessee. As winter makes everyone's thoughts turn to summer, it's time to start thinking about when Chesney hits the road, making the season of fun, friends, sun and good times official one football stadium at a time.
(Stadium dates, cities and venues are below. Line-ups to follow at a later date)
Local contacts for information:
Andi Goodwin – Manager, Advertising & Research - Baltimore Ravens (410.701.4111)
Gabrielle Dow – V.P., Marketing - Baltimore Ravens (410.701.4179)
Kenny Chesney Poets & Pirates 2008
April 26 Columbia, SC Williams Brice Stadium
May 3 Dallas, TX Pizza Hut Park
May 10 Baltimore, MD M&T Bank Stadium
May 24 Cleveland, OH Browns Stadium
May 31 Phoenix, AZ Univ. of Phoenix Stadium
June 8 San Francisco, CA AT&T Park
June 14 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field
June 21 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
July 5 Nashville, TN LP Field
July 13 Atlanta, GA Turner Field
July 19 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
July 26 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
August 2 Detroit, MI Ford Field
Sept. 13 Indianapolis, IN Lucas Oil Field
More stadiums and further tour dates to come. Specific stadium line-ups to follow shortly.