In April, Kenny Chesney will make his long-awaited return to stadium shows when he launches the Here and Now 2022 stadium tour, presented by Blue Chair Bay Rum and fueled by Marathon. The tour, which was originally named the Chillaxification Tour, was twice-postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Chesney will welcome Dan+Shay, Old Dominion and Carly Pearce for the shows, which will launch April 23 at Tampa, Fla.’s Raymond James stadium. Chesney’s management home, Morris Higham Management, also represents Pearce and Old Dominion.
Along the way, Chesney will play 21 stadium shows. Continuing with what has essentially become a Chesney touring tradition, he will wrap the trek with two shows at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Aug. 26-27. The tour also includes a stop at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on May 28.
“When we realized we weren’t getting to spend 2020 with No Shoes Nation, I never thought it would be three years until I would see my most favorite people in the world,” Chesney said via a statement. “My favorite place in the world is anywhere we all come together. They come strong. They get loud. They love the music. But most importantly, they live life – every second – for all its worth! They inspire me, and I want to get out there and get going, creating the greatest night of the summer every time we hit the stage.
“Putting this line-up together has been awesome,” Chesney added. “We’ve got Dan + Shay, who continue to set records with their music and have been burning it up on their own headlining tour this year. We have an old favorite, who just keep getting better, Old Dominion – it’s almost like it wouldn’t be a stadium show without them! – and one of my newest friends in Carly Pearce, whose songwriting is so personal to her own life, yet so many people find themselves in her songs.”
In addition to the previously announced stadium shows, Chesney has added shows at Charlotte, N.C.’s Bank of America Stadium and Columbus, Ohio’s Historic Crew Stadium. Tickets for the Charlotte show go on sale to the general public on Friday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. local time, while on-sale details for the Columbus show have yet to be announced.