NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess) — Country music star and cowboy hat enthusiast Kenny Chesney announced that he’ll be hitting the road early next year for a North American tour.
However, this time around, Chesney will eschew the stadiums he’s frequented on recent runs and will instead perform at smaller, more intimate venues.
“I wanted to change it up,” says Kenny. “Last year was so intense, and amazing. No Shoes Nation took it to a whole other level, and they blew all of us away. It was the kind of energy you don’t take for granted. So when we started thinking about next year, they made me wanna come to them. Rather than the massive two-day set-up, make everyone come to a stadium away from their homes, I wanted to go to where the fans live… strip things back a bit, and make it a little more intimate,” Chesney said in the tour announcement.
“I love reaching to the very top, the very back of a football stadium, but I also love the idea of really being able to see the back of the room,” he added.
While Chesney has not revealed the dates for the tour, he has announced the venues he will be performing at and the run includes dates at The Anthem in Washington D.C., The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala., and the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
“This is the kind of thing you do for passion,” Kenny explains. “To rein things in a bit, change up the way we present the music, I know these songs will show us things they don’t when we’re in those massive stadiums. I never worry about the energy or the passion, but I think the songs are different depending on where you play them. So I’m fired up for 2019,” Chesney said.
The initial round of announced venues with additional shows to be announced.
Champaign, Ill. – State Farm Center
Grand Rapids, Mich. – Van Andel Arena
Greensboro, N.C. – Greensboro Coliseum
Washington, D.C. – The Anthem
Tallahassee, Fla. – Donald L Tucker Civic Center
Orange Beach, Ala. – The Wharf
Columbia, Mo. – Mizzou Arena
Wichita, Kan. – INTRUST Bank Arena
Wilkes-Barre, Penn. – Mohegan Sun Arena
Atlantic City, N.J. – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater