Chesney Lays Out 2004 'Tiki' Tour Dates

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As expected, Kenny Chesney will hit the road in the spring with fellow country artists Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley. Dubbed Guitars, Tiki Bars + A Whole Lotta Love, the trek will kick off March 17 in Houston and close May 22 in Jackson, Miss.

The opening show is part of the RodeoHouston event at the Texas city's Reliant Stadium. The rest of the venues for the tour have not yet been announced.

"We're waist deep in set designs, editing the videos for the screen, getting the lights figured out," says Chesney, whose next solo album, "When the Sun Goes Down," is due Feb. 3 from BNA. "It's gonna be great to get some new music to pick from -- and this record really suits what we're trying to do live. So aside from some well-chosen surprises, people can expect the songs they love and some songs I know they're going to."

"Sun" is the follow-up to last year's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems." The set, which opened at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart, has sold 2.9 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Chesney also seems to be looking forward to taking Urban, who was out on the road with him this summer, and Bentley on the road. "We try to find acts to come out with us who know how to have fun - and get the crowd up and rocking. You know when I go to a show, I wanna have a good time and forget about whatever happened that day. It's the chance to just party and be with your friends, sing some songs, maybe scream a little bit. I think this package can more than make that happen."

Along with Kellie Coffey, Bentley will kick his 2004 off opening a string of shows for George Strait. As previously reported, that tour gets underway Jan. 15 in Ft. Lauderdale.

Urban, meanwhile, looks to be taking some time off prior to his tour with Chesney. The artist has no dates announced beyond tonight's (Dec. 13) second of two shows at the Las Vegas Hilton that looks to wrap his touring for 2003.

Chesney will close out 2003 with an appearance tomorrow on the TNT broadcast of "Christmas in Washington. The setting is fitting as he recently released his first holiday collection, "All I Want For Christmas Is a Real Good Tan." The album, which features a mix of seasonal favorites and new songs, peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart and No. 4 on the Top Country Albums tally and has sold 234,000 copies.

Here are Chesney's 2004 tour dates:

March 17: Houston
March 18: Lafayette, La.
March 19: Tupelo, Miss.
March 20: Biloxi, Miss.
March 25: Dayton, Ohio
March 26: Lexington, Ky.
March 27: Chattanooga, Tenn.
March 28: Champaign, Illinois
April 1: Grand Rapids, Mich.
April 2: Chicago
April 3: St. Paul, Minn.
April 4: Sioux City, Iowa
April 15: Bossier City, La.
April 16: Little Rock, Ark.
April 17: Oklahoma City, Okla.
April 22: Columbia, S.C.
April 23: Macon, Ga.
April 24: Greensboro, N.C.
April 29: Worcester, Mass.
April 30: State College, Pa.
May 1: Philadelphia
May 5: West Palm Beach, Fla.
May 6: Tampa, Fla.
May 7: Jacksonville, Fla.
May 8: Greenville, S.C.
May 21: Memphis
May 22: Jackson, Miss.