Kenny Chesney had some good news and bad news for No Shoes Nation on Monday (March 22). The good news was that he’s planning to hit the road again on his postponed Chillaxification summer stadium tour. The bad news was that it won’t be until next summer. Chesney, who pushed the the 18-date outing from last summer to this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown announced this week that the dates have once again been postponed.
“Here comes reality. We’re moving to 2022,” Chesney said in a tweet announcing the news. “Where I feel better about us all being together safely. I’d rather keep everyone safe and know we can rock for years to come.” In the midst of the rising pandemic, Chesney pushed the dates back last June, aiming for a May 1, 2021, kick-off at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The tour was also slated to hit stadiums in Milwaukee, Nashville, Atlanta, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, Bozeman, St. Louis, Seattle, Inglewood, Denver, Arlington, Detroit and East Rutherford before winding up at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Aug. 27 and 28.
“We have waited and we have hoped,” Chesney said. “Talked to medical experts, stadium people, local officials across the country. I hate what I’m about to tell you. With all the progress being made around the pandemic, there is still too much unknown. What we’re hearing changes daily… anything is possible. But if we can only do two-thirds of an audience? Who decides who doesn’t get to come to the show we’ve all been waiting for? If we have to have social distancing measures, how far apart will you be?”
At press time it was unknown if the re-re-booted Chillaxification tour would still include the same line-up of special guests: Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Chesney said all current tickets will be honored for the rescheduled show dates, with refunds available at point of purchase for those who can’t attend. “If I can’t give you more than you expect, it feels like I’m letting you down,” Chesney said. “And I’d rather let me down than any of you.
See Chesney’s statement below.
All current tickets will be honored for rescheduled show date. If you love your seat, you’re all set. Beginning now, if you're unable to attend the rescheduled show, request a refund at point of purchase. pic.twitter.com/qXOT3l5GyU
— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) March 22, 2021