Country music’s golden boy Kenny Chesney is slowly unveiling more plans for this summer’s Sun City Carnival Tour. The crooner has announced nearly 40...

Country music’s golden boy Kenny Chesney is slowly unveiling more plans for this summer’s Sun City Carnival Tour. The crooner has announced nearly 40 dates and destinations for the trek, with a full run of more than 50 North American concerts planned.

Venue announcements for most cities are still forthcoming, but the tour will open with a two-night stand on April 17-18 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Presales for those shows begin on January 14 at 12 p.m. (EST). Public onsales follow on January 16, with tickets priced at $95, $110 and $125.

Chesney has dates booked from coast-to-coast through an August 8 concert in Tampa, FL. Stops include a May 3 show in Houston, TX, a May 28 gig in Atlanta, GA, a June 13 performance in Chicago, IL, a June 24 set in New York, NY, a July 18 show in San Francisco, CA, and an August 1 concert in Seattle, WA.

The Sun City Carnival Tour won’t focus on a particular size of venue, opting instead for a variety of stage types. “We’ve got a bunch of football stadiums because that is an experience like no other, but we’re also going to do some amphitheatres and arenas…and knowing us, we’ll probably pop up in a bar or two along the way.” Chesney said in a statement on his Web site, adding, “What’s important is getting out there, and bringing the music to life.”


While most tours tend to book a particular size of arena consistently, Chesney’s recent touring deal with The Messina Group and AEG Live gives him the freedom to play where he wants.

“If [Chesney] wants to achieve his maximum amount, it’s up to him, because it’s based on ‘x’ amount of seats, ‘x’ average ticket price,” Louis Messina said in a statement about the deal, which covers Chesney’s tours from 2009 through 2013. “But if for some reason he wants to go and do a smaller version [of a show], that’s fine.”

Chesney has tapped Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum as opening acts for the tour, which supports his October 2008 release, “Lucky Old Sun.” The album, Chesney’s twelfth studio effort, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and on the country albums chart. Overall, the musician has sold more than 22.5 million records in the U.S. since he debuted in 1994.

In addition to being one of the industry’s best-selling artists, Chesney is also a live favorite who is becoming known for his perennial summer outings. But despite the amount of time he spends on the road, the singer-songwriter always looks forward to his next tour.

“It seems like it’s time to get this thing started again,” Chesney explained. “By the time we’re done [with one tour], I’m tired…but I’m never ready to go home. After a few months off, all I can think is, ‘When are we getting back out there?'”

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Kenny Chesney itinerary:
(Dates subject to change. Venues TBA.)

April 17-18 Uncasville, CT
April 23 Albuquerque, NM
April 26 Indio, CA
May 1 San Antonio, TX
May 2 Dallas, TX
May 3 Houston, TX
May 7 Des Moines, IA
May 8 Omaha, NE
May 9 Kansas City, MO
May 14 Pelham, AL
May 15 Bossier City, LA
May 16 Little Rock, AR
May 21 Greenville, SC
May 22 Baltimore, MD
May 23 Columbus, OH
May 28 Atlanta, GA
May 30 Louisville, KY
June 6 Pittsburgh, PA
June 11 Moline, IL
June 13 Chicago, IL
June 19 Somerset, WI
June 20 Fargo, ND
June 24 New York, NY
June 25 Virginia Beach, VA
June 27 Philadelphia, PA
July 2 Ft Wayne, IN
July 9 Edmonton, Alberta
July 10 Calgary, Alberta
July 11 Merritt, BC
July 14 Boise, ID
July 18 San Francisco, CA
July 23 Salt Lake City, UT
July 24-25 Cheyenne, WY
July 29 Lake Tahoe, NV
August 1 Seattle, WA
August 6 Orange Beach, AL
August 7 Jacksonville, FL
August 8 Tampa, FL
August 15 Foxboro, MA

By Allison Reitz