Just after Kenny Chesney announced he will not tour in 2014 in order to concentrate on making his next album, he took his No Shoes Nation Tour to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, playing to a crowd of 49,302 fans on Saturday. Besides sets from Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves, Zac Brown Band was also on hand and Zac later joined Kenny for a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker” and Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Three Little Birds.”
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“We didn’t burn Atlanta down, but they sure set us on fire,” Kenny said. “Man, the energy in the Georgia Dome hit us so hard, and it never let up. It was the kind of night artists dream of. And then I came off stage so ramped up, I picked bluegrass with some buddies from college (members of Blue Highway) ‘til almost two a.m.”
Kenny will take the No Shoes Nation Tour to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, Detroit’s Ford Field and wrap with a two-night stand at Boston’s Gillette Stadium on August 23-24. Kenny is looking forward to wrapping his 2013 tour dates with four big shows.
“I didn’t know when we put this tour together, I’d want to spend as much time making the next record as I do,” he said. “So, to be able to close out the No Shoes Nation Tour with four major stadium shows in three incredible cities, well, that looks like great planning, but it’s really just some incredible luck.”
Kenny will also play Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series on August 9, live from Central Park. The three-song set will be just enough to get fans ready for the last dates of the No Shoes Nation Tour. Kenny will also be the subject of an upcoming CBS Sunday Morning profile in celebration of his Spread the Luve Fund and Live on A Rock album.