Recap: Kenny Chesney LIVE in Tampa


Eight songs into Kenny Chesney’s no-holds-barred set at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, the East Tennessee songwriter/superstar finally paused for a moment, ran his hands down the legs of his jeans and told the at-capacity crowd, “I got asked every day, ‘Why Tampa?’ All you gotta’ do is listen to this…” When the shrieking subsided, he then said he was going to play a new song about turning negative energy into positive energy, and launched into “Get Along,” his first single for Blue Chair/Warner Bros. Nashville.
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All I want any time I get on a stage is to turn peoples’ bad days into something great,” says the man The Los Angeles Times deemed “The People’s Superstar,” “and take their great days and make them everything you could ever want. That’s what music does: change the moment, and that’s a big part of why I do what I do.”

For 127 minutes in Tampa, that’s just what Chesney did. With a lean show, twenty-five songs and an audience that started lining up before daybreak, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year embraced new songs (“All The Pretty Girls,” “Get Along”), old favorites (“Don’t Happen Twice,” “How Forever Feels”), mid-career classics (“Young,” “I Go Back,” “Anything But Mine”) and solo acoustics (“You & Tequila,” “Old Blue Chair”) for a show defined by ebullience, electric guitars and Chesney’s irrepressible energy.

Reaching for “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” his duet with David Lee Murphy, Chesney mined pictures from his Love For Love City rescue relief efforts to give people a sense of the devastation and work that’s gone into restoring the US/BVI’s Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Beyond the leveled buildings, island natives and school children, the montage focused on some of the over 1,000 animals rescued.

“Music is medicine, and it’s energy, and it’s fuel,” says the man who will play 19 stadiums this summer. “To me, when music is really firing, it can help you do impossible things, lift you out of unthinkable problems and give you a reason to keep going.”

Using “When The Sun Goes Down” as a way to introduce his band, Chesney lingered on the empty keyboard rig, then explained to the crowd that his musical director Wyatt Beard was in the hospital here having emergency surgery two days prior. Taking the collective energy, he asked the fans “on the count of three” to yell, “We love you, Wyatt!”

Like much of the night, the response was deafening. Beaming, the man who ran from side to side, slid down the strut, brought a special needs child onstage to rock and worked up a full body sweat from the minute the second song came to play. There was no question about his – or the band’s – intention, and the audience gave even better than they got.

“When people come together in the name of music, then let go,” Chesney marvels, “there’s no feeling like it. Listening to the fans sing ‘American Kids’ and ‘Setting the World On Fire’ was a total rush. It’s not the only reason I do this, but it’s a good one.”

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Bangor, ME
Saturday
5/26/2018
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, GA
Saturday
5/26/2018
5:00 PM
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2018 Country Megaticket Tickets (Includes All Performances) Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, OH
Wednesday
5/30/2018
TBD
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Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Noblesville, IN
Thursday
5/31/2018
7:30 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Heinz Field
Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday
6/2/2018
4:00 PM
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2018 Country Megaticket Tickets (Includes All Performances) Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Tuesday
6/5/2018
TBD
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2018 Country Megaticket Tickets (Includes All Performances) Lakeview Amphitheater
Syracuse, NY
Wednesday
6/6/2018
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Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion Blossom Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Wednesday
6/6/2018
7:00 PM
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Syracuse, NY
Thursday
6/7/2018
7:30 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, PA
Saturday
6/9/2018
5:00 PM
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NYC Concert Booze Cruise - Tribute to Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney & Zac Brown Band Rocks Off Concert Cruise - Boat Cruise Aboard The Cabaret
New York, NY
Saturday
6/9/2018
7:00 PM
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2018 Country Megaticket Tickets (Includes All Performances) Jiffy Lube Live
Bristow, VA
Thursday
6/14/2018
TBD
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Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Virginia Beach, VA
Thursday
6/14/2018
7:30 PM
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Bristow, VA
Friday
6/15/2018
7:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Mapfre Stadium
Columbus, OH
Saturday
6/16/2018
5:00 PM
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Mountain View, CA
Tuesday
6/19/2018
TBD
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2018 Country Megaticket Tickets (Includes All Performances) Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Chula Vista, CA
Wednesday
6/20/2018
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Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion Shoreline Amphitheatre - CA
Mountain View, CA
Wednesday
6/20/2018
7:30 PM
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Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Chula Vista, CA
Thursday
6/21/2018
7:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Chase Field
Phoenix, AZ
Saturday
6/23/2018
5:00 PM
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2018 Country Megaticket Tickets (Includes All Performances) USANA Amphitheatre
Salt Lake City, UT
Wednesday
6/27/2018
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2018 Country Megaticket Tickets (Includes All Performances) Budweiser Stage - Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Thursday
6/28/2018
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Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion USANA Amphitheatre
Salt Lake City, UT
Thursday
6/28/2018
7:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Sports Authority Field At Mile High
Denver, CO
Saturday
6/30/2018
5:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney Harveys Outdoor Arena - Lake Tahoe
Stateline, NV
Tuesday
7/3/2018
8:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion Outdoor Amphitheater At Ford Idaho Center
Nampa, ID
Thursday
7/5/2018
7:30 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay CenturyLink Field
Seattle, WA
Saturday
7/7/2018
5:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney Walmart AMP
Rogers, AR
Thursday
7/12/2018
7:30 PM
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VIP Tailgate Party: Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Arrowhead Stadium Parking Lots
Kansas City, MO
Saturday
7/14/2018
TBD
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, MO
Saturday
7/14/2018
5:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney BankPlus Amphitheatre
Southaven, MS
Thursday
7/19/2018
7:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO
Saturday
7/21/2018
5:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion Riverbend Music Center
Cincinnati, OH
Thursday
7/26/2018
7:30 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Soldier Field Stadium
Chicago, IL
Saturday
7/28/2018
5:00 PM
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Toronto, Canada
Thursday
8/2/2018
7:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Ford Field
Detroit, MI
Saturday
8/4/2018
5:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay Nissan Stadium - Nashville
Nashville, TN
Saturday
8/11/2018
5:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney & Old Dominion Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
Bangor, ME
Thursday
8/16/2018
7:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion & Brandon Lay MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
Saturday
8/18/2018
5:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia, MD
Wednesday
8/22/2018
7:30 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne & Brandon Lay Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, MA
Friday
8/24/2018
5:00 PM
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Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne & Brandon Lay Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, MA
Saturday
8/25/2018
5:00 PM
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