Country star Kenny Chesney is used to selling out stadiums and performing for millions of fans – but this time, he’s decided to take things down a notch and have a more intimate tour.
During Chesney’s 2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour, he broke the record for becoming the single biggest-seller at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. He explained that although he loves “reaching to the very top, the very back of a football stadium,” he also enjoys the “idea of really being able to see the back of the room.”
“I wanted to change it up,” Chesney said in a statement. “Last year was so intense, and amazing. No Shoes Nation took it to a whole other level, and they blew all of us away. It was the kind of energy you don’t take for granted. So when we started thinking about next year, they made me wanna come to them. Rather than the massive two-day set-up, make everyone come to a stadium away from their homes, I wanted to go to where the fans live… strip things back a bit, and make it a little more intimate.”
So, this time around, Chesney will be hitting mid-country cities, southern states, and will make select stops in the mid-Atlantic. The first part of the tour will span over three months, kicking things off in Champaign, Illinois at the State Farm Center. From there, he will visit several cities without stadiums like Columbia, Missouri and Wichita, Kansas before wrapping-up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
“This is the kind of thing you do for passion,” Chesney said. “To rein things in a bit, change up the way we present the music, I know these songs will show us things they don’t when we’re in those massive stadiums. I never worry about the energy or the passion, but I think the songs are different depending on where you play them. So I’m fired up for 2019.”
The tour will be in support of Chesney’s most recent record, Songs for the Saints, which dropped this past July and features singles “Get Along,” “Pirate Song,” and “Song for the Saints.” The LP follows 2017’s Cosmic Hallelujah and 2014’s The Big Revival, adding to the singer’s vast catalog of 18 studio records.
While there are only 11 cities announced for the tour so far, Chesney is expected to reveal more gigs soon with corresponding dates. Check out the initial list of cities below.
Kenny Chesney Songs for the Saints Tour 2019
Champaign, Illinois @ State Farm Center
Grand Rapids, Michigan @ Van Andel Arena
Greensboro, North Carolina @ Greensboro Coliseum
Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
Tallahassee, Florida @ Donald L Tucker Civic Center
Orange Beach, Alabama @ The Wharf
Columbia, Missouri @ Mizzou Arena
Wichita, Kansas @ INTRUST Bank Arena
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Atlantic City, New Jersey @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Tuscaloosa, Alabama @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater