Not only the four-time Super Bowl championship team the Green Bay Packers can fill Lambeau Field in Wisconsin, country music superstar Kenny Chesney has similar powers. A crowd of 53,363 filled the seats of the stadium to see the man with twenty-seven Number 1 hits and an infamous blue chair take the stage on The Big Revival Tour.
Kenny was reportedly soaked in sweat within the first few songs, giving his all to an audience with which he couldn’t wait to spend his Saturday night.
I’ve waited all week to be right here… in this place… because right now, we’re together. The music matters, life matters, you matter – and we’re going to celebrate that together tonight!
Kenny performed twenty-four songs that he cut over the years, ranging from the high energy tunes to those more subdued. As he entered the realm of the slower songs, Kenny surprised the crowd with an appearance by his “Wild Child” duet partner, Grace Potter. Kenny explained to the crowd:
A couple days ago, I got to call Grace Potter and tell her not only are we playing Lambeau Field, we have a #1 record.
The two also performed the Deana Carter-penned chart-topping hit “You and Tequila” for the crowd, which was followed by a celebration in honor of Grace Potter. As the closing notes of “You and Tequila” played, a five-tiered cake and a giant margarita were rolled on to the stage, giving rise to a over fifty-three thousand people reciprocally surprising Grace by singing “Happy Birthday”.
To be able to surprise Grace like that? Talk about awesome. We have had so many adventures, made some really great music… The look on her face hearing that crowd sing was beyond any gift I could’ve given her, and no one appreciates the fans more.
The Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy later joined Kenny for the set-closing “The Boys of Fall,” signing a Packers helmet and gifting it to a young girl.
Some nights are just magical. That show was like an out of body experience: the crowd was right there with us… The band was so hot and in the zone… I felt completely connected to everyone in the stadium. It’s the kind of night you hope for every time, and spend your whole career chasing: nights when the songs, the fans, the band and you are one.
Kenny is the only artist to play Lambeau Field twice, adding to the tens of thousands of fans he has brought into other stadiums.
There are times it all just feels right. Green Bay, Lambeau Field, those fans who’re all heart and passion: that’s why I fell in love with playing years ago. When people see their lives in your songs – and throw that energy back, there’s nothing like it.