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AEG Inks Long-Term Deal With Chesney

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Messina Group/AEG has pacted with country star Kenny Chesney in a long-term touring deal that may extend into 2013. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but Billboard reported that a signing bonus or up front payment were not part of the agreement.

According to Billboard, the deal which would go into effect in 2009, doesn't include recording or merch deals but also doesn't involved a large up-front payment like Live Nation's 360-deals have. Instead Chesney's will get guaranteed amount based on the number of tickets available for a show, not the number of seats sold. A deal of this nature would put significant pressure on AEG to fill the seats at every show.

Its probably a pretty safe bet with Chesney, who is a touring titan. According to Billboard, he's grossed more than $300 million since 2002, selling nearly 7 million tickets which breaks down to a little more than 1 million tickets a year.

Kenny Chesney Tour Schedule:

July 2008
5 – Nashville, TN – Lp Field
13 – Atlanta, GA – Turner Field
17 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
19 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
24 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
26 – Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium
31 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

August 2008
2 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
14 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena
16 – Houston, TX – Reliant Stadium
21 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC
22 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
28 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
29 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre At The Florida State Fairgrounds
30 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

September 2008
10 – Tulsa, OK – Bank Of Oklahoma Center
11 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Mo
13 – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium

– CelebrityAccess Staff Writers