Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation Tour stopped at Miller Stadium in Milwaukee over the weekend and gave fans a show they won’t soon forget. With a sold-out crowd of 43, 314 in attendance, Kenny debuted “When I See This Bar,” a song from his Life On A Rock album, and brought tour mate Eric Church out to sing it with him.
“’When I See This Bar’ is the kind of song you have to have lived,” Kenny said. “Most people do, they just never step back and realize what all those lost nights, afternoon beers and friendships really mean. They make you who are, get you through tough things and get you laughing… Obviously, “When I See This Bar” is important to me; I know Eric’s been there, too, and knows that power of place, so it was great to get him up there.”
Following “When I See This Bar,” Kenny made a spur of the moment decision to have the capacity crowd sing “Happy Birthday” to George Strait, who was turning 60. He promised the enthusiastic crowd he would email the performance to George.
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“That’s one of the things about this life – and the people of the No Shoes Nation,” he said. “There are so many crazy, nonlinear things you can do if you can dream them. The fans feed me to dream outside the lines – like singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to George – and that’s one of the best parts of making a life making music.”
While each show is special in its own way, Milwaukee is a show Kenny won’t soon forget. And it is because each place has its own magic that Kenny will be stopping at a variety of venues throughout the summer.
“We’ve played so many places,” Kenny said. “There’s a special thrill when you get to go somewhere new, or different. It’s why we’re mixing it up this year: arenas, amphitheaters, a few Keg shows in clubs, the Tortuga Festival on the beach. But Milwaukee – like Dallas last weekend – had a very special magic to it. Those fans! That stadium! Funny how places that couldn’t be more different both have so much heart.”