Chesney Extends 'Margaritas' Tour
Country star Kenny Chesney has tacked on a slew of dates to his upcoming Margaritas & Senoritas tour, set to kick off Jan. 16 in Tupelo, Miss. In addition to previously announced dates that ran thCountry star Kenny Chesney has tacked on a slew of dates to his upcoming Margaritas & Senoritas tour, set to kick off Jan. 16 in Tupelo, Miss. In addition to previously announced dates that ran through Valentine's Day, Chesney will play U.S. arenas, largely in the eastern half of the country, through an April 12 show in Lubbock, Texas. Montgomery Gentry and Kellie Coffey will be on board to open the shows.
Chesney was the top-grossing country artist on the road in 2002, earning $22.7 million across 88 shows while out in support of his latest BNA album, "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems." Released in April, the album debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. On the latter tally, the set is No. 7 in its 37th week on the chart.
"It's been a long road, but we have no plans of slowing it down next year," Clint Higham, Chesney's manager, told Billboard last month, adding that the magnitude of his artist's show is expected to grow in 2003. "They've not seen anything yet, production-wise. We're getting ready to be an 11-semi show," he said, referring to the amount of tractor-trailers it will take to haul the staging and equipment for each concert.
As previously reported, Chesney will be among the lengthy list of performers at Monday's (Jan. 13) American Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems" is nominated in the AMA's favorite country album category.
That same evening, Chesney will be a featured artist on "CMT Most Wanted Live." The artist was in Nashville on Wednesday taping a segment for the cable network's daily country music show.
Chesney will also be among those artists appearing on RCA's forthcoming Waylon Jennings tribute album. He'll team up with rap rocker Kid Rock on a version of Jennings' "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)." Also featuring tracks by Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, and Travis Tritt, the set is due in March.
Here are Kenny Chesney's upcoming tour dates:
Jan. 16: Tupelo, Miss. (Bancorp South Center)
Jan. 17: Montgomery, Ala. (Garrett Coliseum)
Jan. 18: Biloxi, Miss. (Mississippi Coast Coliseum)
Jan. 23: Madison, Wis. (Alliant Energy Center)
Jan. 24: Grand Forks, N.D. (Ralph Engelstad Arena)
Jan. 25: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
Jan. 30: Jacksonville, Fla. (Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
Jan. 31: Tallahassee, Fla. (Leon County Civic Center)
Feb. 1: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
Feb. 6: Pensacola, Fla. (Pensacola Civic Center)
Feb. 7: Lafayette, La. (Cajundome)
Feb. 8: North Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Arena)
Feb. 13: Huntsville, Ala. (Von Braun Civic Center)
Feb. 14: Columbia, S.C. (Carolina Center)
Feb. 15: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
Feb. 22: Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)
Feb. 23: Champaign, Ill. (Assembly Hall)
Feb. 25: Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
Feb. 26: Bossier City, La. (CenturyTel Center)
March 1: Wichita Falls, Texas (Multi Purpose Event Center)
March 6: Green Bay, Wis. (Resch Center)
March 7: Moline, Ill. (Mark Of The Quad Cities)
March 8: Mankato, Minn. (Midwest Wireless Center)
March 9: Council Bluffs, Iowa (Mid-America Center)
March 13: Grand Rapids, Miss. (Van Andel Arena)
March 14: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
March 15: Evansville, Ind. (Roberts Stadium)
March 20: Roanoke, Va. (Roanoke Civic Center)
March 21: Greenville, S.C. (Bi Lo Center)
March 22: Morgantown, W.Va. (WVU Coliseum)
March 23: Reading, Pa. (Sovereign Center)
March 27: Dayton, Ohio (Ervin J. Nutter Center)
March 28: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Allen County Memorial Coliseum)
March 29: Charleston, W.Va. (Civic Center)
April 5: Wichita, Kan. (To Be Announced)
April 10: Odessa, Texas (Ector County Coliseum)
April 11: Las Cruces, N.M. (Pan American Center)
April 12: Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena)
June 27: Manhattan, Kan. (Country Stampede)