Sure, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions. Sure, the Pats have one of the rowdiest fan bases in sports. Sure, Tom Brady and teammates can pack a house. However, there is a new captain in town, and it’s the one waving a pirate flag.
This weekend, Kenny Chesney played two shows at Gillette Stadium, filling the venue with 120,206 fans. Yes, you read that right — Kenny brought 60,082 fans to the stadium Friday and 60,124 to the show Saturday, bringing his nine-show Foxborough, Massachusetts total to over three-quarters of a million fans. The two show event also marked the end of Kenny’s history-making The Big Revival Tour.
On his weekend attendance, Kenny simply stated:
Some nights you just know you’re going new places up there. I could hear the fans long before the swing was above the platform – and flying over all those heads, seeing the faces, I could tell Boston had been waiting for these shows almost as much me and the band had! The No Shoes Nation are some of the fiercest, most passionate music lovers – and there is nothing like the way they come at these songs. And just when you think it can’t get any better, the last night of the tour hit. The audience was even louder, live-er and sang every single word back to us! You can’t begin to imagine something like that, and knowing we’re putting the tents up for another year, we’ll hear their cheers until it’s time to start it up again for next year.
Kenny knew ahead of time that Foxborough was going to be quite the show, so the tour plans were slightly tweaked for the anticipated ginormous crowd.
We moved the stage all the way back. The only way we’re gonna get more people in is to add another night, and that would be crazy. But man, when you hear those folks singing back to you… see all those arms sweeping from side to side… We could be up there all night! Just the way that energy hits you, there’s nothing like it.
In case you lost track, over the course of The Big Revival Tour, Kenny set and/or broke records in Minneapolis’ Target Stadium, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, and brought 55,000 fans into the Rose Bowl. It is pretty safe to say that the world should understand why he is the only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years.
Congratulations Kenny and team on a widely successful tour. Here’s to many, many more!
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