He had the most attended North American Tour last year, and now Kenny Chesney gets ready to kick-off his Flip Flop Summer 2007 Tour by announcing six stadium shows across the country. With an all-star line-up that includes 3-time Entertainers of the Year hailed as “the Rolling Stones of Country” Brooks & Dunn, triple platinum new country sensation Sugarland, current Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist Sara Evans and triple Grammy-nominee Pat Green, Chesney will play his first stadium show June 9 at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, home of the Steelers.
“There is a whole other kind of energy, other kind of dynamic. We’re talking the firepower of one of country music’s most hardcore, hard-rocking duos,” the reining Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year says of his stadium shows. “All the acts really… it’s a pretty intense line-up, in what we’ve found to be a very exciting place to do concerts!”
In addition to Pittsburgh, Chesney will bring the same line-up to Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, home to the Eagles on June 23; Seattle’s Qwest Field, home of the Seahawks on July 7; Cleveland, Ohio’s Browns Stadium on July 14; Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium, home to the Patriots — where he sold out last year’s play in less than a week — on July 28; and Detroit’s Ford Field. Home of the Lions on August 18.
The Flip Flop Summer Tour, brought to you by Cruzan Rum. Given the response to Chesney’s previous stadium plays, each with the stage customized to the field, the all-day shows are described as a once-in-a-summer experience.
“There’s nothing like it,” Chesney allows. “You know, getting all those people together for a little party… they start tail-gating, cooking out early, and then we rock straight through the night. Anyone who’s ever been knows it’s a helluva good time.”
Having sold out Boston well in advance the past two years, Seattle and Detroit last year and Pittsburgh the year before, sales are anticipated to be so brisk, some of the markets are putting on extra operators to handle demand. This year’s new stadium markets are Cleveland and Philadelphia, traditionally strong markets for the man who spent 6 weeks at #1 last year with “Summertime” from his well-past triple platinum The Road & The Radio when it comes to bringing the summer alive.
As the season heats up and rehearsals for Flip Flop Summer kick into gear, the man who spends his time living in fast forward is gearing up for his biggest year ever. “We’ve got a few surprises, some new tricks, a few different songs – and we’re gonna be making it the summer of our lives. We’re ready to join the fans in having a good time…because we believe, and we always have, the more the merrier with shows like this.”