After taking 2010 off from touring, Kenny Chesney will return to the road in a big way in 2011 -- the singer announced 41 new arena and amphitheatre dates on his Goin' Coastal tour.
These dates, along with 10 previously announced stadium shows (two of which are already sold out), will see Chesney seek to continue his streak of seven consecutive tours with more than 1 million in attendance. As on previous tours, TMG/AEG Live will promote, and Corona is the presenting sponsor.
The tour begins March 17 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla., and is in support of Chesney's latest album, "Hemingway's Whiskey." Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker will support on all dates, and Zac Brown Band will be featured at the stadium shows. Many songs on the new record will translate well to the concert stage, Chesney says, including the tour's namesake and the "island vibe" songs his fans have come to love.
"The thing I love about 'Hemingway's Whiskey' is there is a little bit of that [island sound] in there in the song 'Hemingway's Whiskey,' there's a little bit of that in 'You and Tequila'," Chesney told Billboard in an interview last fall. "But then there's another side of it, where we can go play a football stadium with some of these songs if we want to. I love sitting on a stool, just me and a guitar, and there's some of that on this record. But then again, I love my band and I love the crowd, and I love the light and the energy that's passed back and forth on that first song and for the two hours that I'm out there. And there's a lot of that on this record."
Over the past decade, Chesney has become the biggest ticket-seller in country music and among the elite touring artists in the world. In the past 10 years, Chesney grossed approximately $500 million and sold nearly 10 million tickets, according to Billboard Boxscore.
He owns a wealth of Billboard Touring Awards to go with his platinum albums and industry accolades, and when he wrapped the Sun City Carnival tour in 2009, Chesney's drawing power showed no sign of waning. Shows already on sale reflect that Chesney's ticket selling ability remains intact.
"Everything we put up is huge," Louis Messina, president of TMG/AEG Live, tells Billboard.biz. "Foxboro (Mass.) sold out in eight minutes. Philly, Pittsburgh and Kansas City will be sold out soon, and everything else will be sold out or close to sold out before the event. We'll be putting up the arenas and amphitheaters [on sale] soon."
Kenny Chesney 2011 Goin' Coastal tour dates:
Mar 17 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
Mar 19 - Tampa, FL - Raymond James Stadium
Mar 24 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
Mar 25 - St Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
Mar 26 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center
Mar 31 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
Apr 1 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
Apr 2 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Apr 7 - Portland, ME - Civic Center
Apr 8 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
Apr 9 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
Apr 13 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
Apr 16 - Dallas, TX - Cowboys Stadium
Apr 29 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Apr 30 - Indio, CA - Stagecoach
May 1 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion Amphitheatre
May 5 - Moline, IL - iWireless Center
May 6 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial
May 7 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
May 12 - Jacksonville, FL - Veterans Memorial
May 13 - Greenville, SC - Bi Lo Center
May 14 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
May 19 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena
May 20 - Atlanta, GA - HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
May 26 Southhaven, MS Snowden Grove
May 29 - Baton Rouge, LA -BCS
Jun 2 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jun 4 - Washington, DC - FedExField
Jun 11 - Green Bay, WI - Lambeau Field
Jun 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field
Jun 23 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
Jun 24 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jun 25 - Columbus, OH - Crew Stadium
Jun 30 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Jul 2 - Pittsburgh. PA - Heinz Field
Jul 6 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
Jul 9 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Jul 13 - Winnipeg, MT - MTS Centre
Jul 16 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Jul 17 - Calgary, AB - Stampede
Jul 20 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
Jul 22 - Seattle, WA - Tacoma Dome
Jul 23 - Portland, OR - Sleep Country Amphitheater
Jul 28 - St Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 30 - Kansas City, MO - Arrowhead Stadium
Aug 4 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 5 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Pavilion
Aug 13 - E Rutherford, NJ - New Meadowlands Stadium
Aug 18 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
Aug 20 - Detroit, MI - Ford Field