Kenny Chesney concert is synonymous with summer and tailgating. Fans know this firsthand and keep coming back for more, helping the country singer top records year after year.
Last summer, Chesney broke a 29-year-old record for most country tickets sold in the New York/New Jersey area during his Goin' Coastal Tour. The original title was held by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Linda Ronstadt, who drew more than 51,000 in 1983. Chesney's show last year sold 55,239 tickets and this past Saturday Chesney, Tim McGraw, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Jake Owen surpassed that number at MetLife Stadium with 56,285 tickets sold.
Chesney's Brothers of the Sun Tour electrified. He kicked off his set as he rose from the floorboards clad in blue jeans, a black tank top and his signature cowboy hat for party anthems "Beer in Mexico" and "Keg in the Closet." He kept the sold-out crowd captivated throughout the entirety of his two-hour performance and constantly thanked the fans.
"I got here this morning at about 9 a.m. and looked out my tour bus window and I saw so many of you waiting to get in," he said. "Thank you for letting us be a part of your summer," he continued before he began the riff heavy and season appropriate "Summertime."
Segueing effortlessly from energetic numbers like "Reality," and "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" to the more poignant "How Forever Feels," "I Go Back" and current No. 1 hit "Come Over," Chesney demonstrated just why country fans come back year after year.
"One thing I learned about people who love country music is there's a lot of commonality. I do believe that music and song are the most powerful things we have in our life," he said as he introduced "I Go Back."
The sultry "Somewhere With You" impressed with breathtaking guitar interludes while the sentimental "Never Wanted Nothing More" prefaced "You & Tequila," his standout duet with Grace Potter. Citing the track as "one of my favorite songs I've recorded," he welcomed Potter back to the venue: "She always makes the stage so pretty."
Chesney's set spanned his catalogue and included tracks he hadn't performed in a while like fan favorites "Back Where I Come From" and "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy." A song Chesney has described as one he will perform forever in his live show; the crowd went wild for "Feel Like A Rock Star" as McGraw appeared on a stage on the floor to accompany him for a four song duet.
Earlier in the night, McGraw performed a 90-minute set and had the ladies screaming as he walked onstage in tight white pants, a see through white t-shirt and a black cowboy hat. McGraw's set began with the catchy "Felt Good On My Lips" before stadium friendly hits like "Southern Voice" and the poignant "Live Like You Were Dying" had the energy in MetLife Stadium at an all-time high.
"We're about to get straight up country on your ass right now," McGraw said as he introduced the tongue in cheek "Back When." Meanwhile, foot-stomper "I Like It, I Love It" had the entire venue singing along before his latest single, the bass heavy "Truck Yeah," ended his set.
Openers Grace Potter and Jake Owen joined McGraw and Chesney as they closed the night with an electrifying rendition of Jackson's Browne's "Running on Empty."
"We love you so much. We'll see you next time," Chesney said as he finished signing autographs for fans side stage.
With record setting numbers each year, there's no doubt they'll be back.
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