Kenny Chesney kicked off his Big Revival Tour at a sold out Bridgestone Arena in Nashville last night. The only man to chart on Billboard’s Top 25 Touring Acts for the ten years in a row took to the stage shortly after nine and proceeded to play for over three hours. For Chesney, he didn’t want to waste much time talking rather he prefered to play the hits. And did he ever, the thirty two song set included tracks from as far back as the early 2000’s to deep cuts off his most recent album and tour namesake.
Taylor Swift Joins Kenny on Stage
I touched on this last night with some photos and a video courtesy of a friendly fan, but this is a bigger deal than people realize. For a while few artists had Taylor’s back when it came to her leave from country music. Last night proved that with time things can change. The “Blank Space” singer joined Chesney for a fun loving rendition of “Big Star” and even brought a lucky young fan on stage to help them out on the final chorus.
Crowd Screams the Words of “Summertime”
Anyone who’s been to a Chesney show knows that Summertime is always one of the highlights of the show. There’s just something about a bottle of YooHoo rolling around on the floor that gets country fans from coast to coast going and last night was no different. It didn’t matter that many of these fans had waited years to belt out that line, because when it rolled around they were certainly ready.
The Kenny and Grace Reunion
Chesney and Grace Potter’s friendship is well documented. However, it’s been over two years since the Vermont native has performed live with her good friend. Last night ended that drought when she appeared on stage twice to help sing Chesney’s current radio single “Wild Child” before returning later in the set to help out “You and Tequila.”
Happy Birthday Kenny
It wouldn’t be a birthday show without singing the song. It took more than three hours before we got all the way through the classic song, but it still happened thanks to Joe Walsh. Even the ever composed Chesney struggled to hold back a big smile as nearly 18,000 fans including his mother belted out the words to the now 47 year old singer.
Everybody’s Favorite Uncle Came to Town
No, not your drunken country fan uncle. Rather Uncle Kracker made an appearance for a couple of his biggest hits as well as a version of “When the Sun Goes Down” that brought back plenty of mid-2000’s memories. Despite fading from the limelight over the recent years Kracker showed he still has what it takes to perform in front of sold out crowds.