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Super Bowl visit inspires singer Chesney as tour begins

Barry Wilner

Kenny Chesney knows all about a sound barrier. He creates one at each of his concerts.

So when the country music superstar stood at SoFi Stadium at the Super Bowl in February, he couldn’t help but think about when his Here and now The tour would reach the venue on July 23.

“The Super Bowl is one of the most exciting nights of the year, no matter what you like,” said Chesney, a rabid football fan as well as one of the best-selling entertainers of this century, whatever whatever the gender. “But being a new stadium, LA, these teams, it was a convergence of everything. We had a blast, watching it, being together. Don’t underestimate the power of being together – especially during a big night – and everyone missed that more than they knew. So, yeah, it was intense in the best way.

That’s the atmosphere Chesney expected when he kicked off the tour April 23 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. His concerts are sold out at NFL stadiums, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been three years since most cities have hosted his tour.

The ambitious upcoming tour includes 18 plays at 16 NFL stadiums and two MLB arenas, plus a slew of smaller venues.

Kenny Chesney performs at the CMT Music Awards. PHOTO: AP

“And I think our audience will be just as intense and vibrant in a different version in the same way,” he noted of the SoFi shutdown – although he could most likely feel the same atmosphere in the same way. one of 39 tour locations. “We were supposed to be part of the first round of shows (in 2021), which is a good thing to do. Then the world stopped.

Now we’re going to take that back, and if I know that Southern California crowd that packed the Rose Bowl, it’s going to be crazy.

Although Chesney hasn’t toured, he’s been busy writing and recording music – always with an eye on getting back on the road to share it. The cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 concerts has been painful for all artists, naturally, and Chesney insisted that this year’s shows will not be limited musically, in their staging and, above all, in attendance. .

Indeed, in Tampa, organizers have repeatedly opened more seats; it’s a show that went on sale 932 days before Chesney took the stage.