For Kenny Chesney's loyal No Shoes Nation fanbase, May has been tinged with a faint sense of melancholy, with many lamenting the fact that Kenny's hugely popular 2023 tour will soon be drawing to a close.
However, the ‘American Kids’ hitmaker has today surprised his fans with the news that he'll be performing a second show at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Originally, his I Go Back tour was due to conclude with a solitary date at The Wharf on Saturday, May 27. Now, the sun-soaked crooner will be perform a second show on Friday, May 26 at the venue, with Kenny always having a penchant for ending his tours on a double-header.
Last year, for instance, his blockbuster Here and Now tour ended with two shows in Kenny's spiritual hometown of Foxborough, Massachusetts. He famously saves his Be As You Are hit, ‘Boston’, for this venue only, ensuring these tour-stops are always extra special.
This year, Orange Beach, Alabama will be serving as Kenny's grand finale, with the eight-time CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year expressing his excitement at the prospect of a second closing show. Alabama's country following will be keenly looking forward to getting another chance to hear anthems such as ‘Living in Fast Forward’ and ‘Summertime’.
He stressed, “It’s strange how much fun we’ve had this year. It’s a completely different scale, but in a way, it intensifies the energy in a whole other way. We’ve got a roof over our heads, all that passion can’t escape – and it lets all the music really stick to you”.
Kenny went on to underline, “We’re so used to ending on a double, it felt like the thing to do. And when I asked Louis Messina, our tour promoter, if there was a way to make this work at this late date, he said, there’s always a way... So, Orange Beach, Alabama: get ready for a two-night stand! We’re coming in hot – and we’re ready to play”.
As part of the announcement, Kenny Chesney again emphasised the refreshingly different kind of experience it's been performing for arena-sized crowds, which often miss out when artists only perform for stadium markets, “There is nothing like the energy when the scrim drops and you walk onstage at a stadium. But I have to tell you: there’s also nothing like the energy in these arenas when the crowd is pumping, they’re all one and they’re completely into the songs. It’s all contained in these venues, and you just feel the response moving through you like a freight train”.
Kenny apologised to fans for notifying them of the newly added show so close to the date - but we think it's safe to say they won't be complaining, “I’m sorry about the short notice, but something tells me these tickets are gonna be gone as fast as we put them up. I’ve had a long, crazy history with the people in Orange Beach – whether it’s all the years we’ve played The Wharf or the year we took over the beach on the Florida/Alabama line and created something that’d never been done before – so if we’re going to do something like this, I can’t think of better people to do it with, or for”.
Later in the year, Kenny Chesney will headline the Carolina Country Music Festival and Florida's Gulf Coast Jam, as a result of Morgan Wallen being forced to drop out as he continues his vocal rest.
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