Kenny Chesney will begin the first leg of his 2005 Somewhere in the Sun tour March 9 at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The 25-date outing will then head to secondary market arenas starting Ma

Kenny Chesney will begin the first leg of his 2005 Somewhere in the Sun tour March 9 at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The 25-date outing will then head to secondary market arenas starting March 11 in Green Bay, Wis., and wrapping May 14 in Dallas.

Uncle Kracker and Gretchen Wilson will open the winter shows. Pat Green is expected to replace Kracker on the summer amphitheater dates.

Last year, Chesney grossed nearly $50 million on the road and drew more than 1.1 million fans, according to Billboard Boxscore. His attendance figure was second only to Prince for the year.

Chesney’s tour dates are produced by Louis Messina, president of TMG/AEG Live. Chesney is booked and managed by Clint Higham at Dale Morris & Associates.