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Kenny Chesney Rocks Almost 50K in MNE; Vikings Coach Leads SKOL Chant

KENNY CHESNEY TAPS VIKINGS’ COACH MIKE ZIMMER
Coach Leads Team’s Signature SKOL Chant in Minneapolis as 48,255 Join In

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — With The Star Tribune’s Jon Bream tagging him “the high-energy country music stadium king” before Kenny Chesney even got to Minneapolis, it was destined to be one heck of a night at the U.S. Bank Stadium. Not enough that it was Derby Day, Cinco de Mayo ­and the very first inklings of spring, the East Tennessee songwriter/superstar hit the stage with a case of hits including the celebratory “Beer In Mexico,” “Out Last Night,” “Big Star” and “When the Sun Goes Down.”

Clearly thrilling the 48,255 fans in the sold out stadium, the emphasis was on good feelings and making a night to remember. Without missing a beat, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year blazed through eight songs before ever truly talking to the audience.

“Minneapolis always comes to have the best time, and they never fail,” Chesney enthused. “And this year, it was a whole other level. Whether it was how loud they sang ‘Anything But Mine’ back to us, or just the volume of the cheering for David Lee Murphy when he came out to sing ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ with us, it was an incredible amount of energy, joy, intensity coming at the stage.”

Always one to plug into the local vibe, Chesney’s bassist Harmoni Kelly wore a Prince t-shirt to honor the iconic soul/funk legend for the show. But drawing even greater approval from the No Shoes Nation was the appearance of Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer during “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” to lead the capacity crowd in the team’s signature SKOL Chant.

“Everyone knows how much I love football,” Chesney explained, “and being in the home of the Vikings felt special. Deciding to come to Minneapolis so much earlier – as we try to change the routing up – was a little bit unnerving, but when Mike walked backstage with that smile and offered to lead the SKOL Chant, everything about going earlier and playing the football stadium felt like this is exactly where we’re meant to be.”

As “Get Along,” the first music from Chesney’s new Blue Chair/Warner Nashville alliance, swoops up the chart, the response to the first three weekends of the Trip Around The Sun Tour 2018 has broken records in all three stadiums the tour has played. At a time when it might seem a little early for his kind of summer revelry, the No Shoes Nation shows – once again – they’re strong, proud and ready to get out there and live inside the songs.

“Listening to the crowds every single night,” Chesney marveled, “it really does feel like they missed me almost as much as I missed them. I think sometimes people don’t realize it’s a sacrifice for me to not tour… because I really do thrive out there. But I’ve learned that if I don’t take time for the music, my head doesn’t have the room to really write or find songs like ‘Noise,’ ‘American Kids,’ ‘Trip Around The Sun’ or ‘Get Along’ – and that’s part of it.”

Kenny Chesney’s 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour with Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion + Brandon Lay
          
May 19                        AT&T Stadium                                               Dallas, Texas
May 26                        Mercedes-Benz Stadium                                 Atlanta, Ga.
June 2                          Heinz Field                                                     Pittsburgh, Pa.
June 9                          Lincoln Financial Field                                   Philadelphia, Pa.
June 16                        Mapfre Stadium                                              Columbus, Ohio
June 23                        Chase Field                                                     Phoenix, Ariz.
June 30                        Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium Denver, Colo.
July 7                          Centurylink Field                                            Seattle, Wash.
July 14                        Arrowhead Stadium                                        Kansas City, Mo.
July 21                        Busch Stadium                                                Saint Louis, Mo.
July 28                        Soldier Field                                                   Chicago, Ill.
August 4                     Ford Field                                                       Detroit, Mich.
August 11                   Nissan Stadium                                               Nashville, Tenn.
August 18                   MetLife Stadium                                             East Rutherford, N.J.
August 24                   Gillette Stadium                                              Foxboro, Mass.
August 25                   Gillette Stadium                                              Foxboro, Mass.

(Gillette show will have Dierks Bentley, the Brothers Osborne + Brandon Lay)



Photo Credit: Jill Trunnell                       
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