When Kenny Chesney wrapped up his No Shoes Nation Tour with a two-night stand at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts last weekend, he wasted no time getting back to the sand and sea. “Off tour,” Kenny tweeted on Sunday, with this accompanying photo:
A short time later that day, he tweeted this one, saying “Off tour again”:
Last weekend, Kenny played for a total of 109, 207 fans. He opened the show with an a cappella rendition of “Feel Like A Rock Star” and kept the crowd on their feet for the next two hours.
“There’s energy, and then there’s energy,” Kenny said after the second night. “The fans in Boston have always been very, very special to us. These were our 10th and 11th shows at Gillette; every year, it just gets more intense.”
Kacey Musgraves kicked off the show followed by sets from Eli Young Band and Eric Church. During Kenny’s set, Kacey joined him on “Come Over,” Eli Young Band returned to the stage for “Take It Easy” and Eric was on hand for a special rendition of Kenny’s current single, “When I See This Bar.”
“It’s an incredible life,” Kenny said. “Looking over and seeing all those faces, it was like ‘When I See This Bar’ was happening right there on stage right… and having Eric sing it with me, a guy who knows what it means to punch it out in a little dive bar with nobody there, well, that’s everything that song is! And everybody’s been there.”
Since it was the end of the tour, Kenny had several unlikely guests join him throughout his show. NoShoesRadio.com’s Mark Tamburino free-rapped “Blister in the Sun,” while production steward Robin Majors played the harp on the set closing “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” But it was an acoustic performance of “Happy On the Hey Now” that brought the stadium to a hush. Never before played live, the song was written about living in the moment, the sudden loss of a close friend and what is shared between friends.
“I was a little nervous about doing a song so quiet and so personal in a venue that big,” Kenny said. “But so many of the people who were part of that song were there. I knew those fans were just as much a part of my life, and I wasn’t going to see them again until 2015 and I wanted something to bind us all together. It was a risk, and when I saw all the lighters and cell phones with flames aloft, I knew it was the right decision.”