Kenny Chesney’s 8th sold-out appearance at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday broke an attendance record at the venue. More than 55,000 fans showed up to see the superstar perform, which broke Kenny’s own attendance record set in 2007 at just over 54,000.
Kenny performed for nearly two hours for the crowd, which included several Pittsburgh Steelers players who were the singer’s guests that night. After a moving tribute to the Rooney Family, who owns the storied team, Kenny launched into his high school football homage “Boys of Fall,” which included having legendary player Ben Roethlisberger come up to help him present the evening’s helmet.
Kenny said, “Heinz Field was the first wave of NFL Stadiums I played after (Knoxville’s) Neyland Stadium. The Pittsburgh fans have so much heart, grit and muscle, they almost shove you off the stage.We’ve had some amazing shows this year, so I knew we were ready and hungry for Pittsburgh.”
Kenny’s next show on The Big Revival tour is in Evansville, Indiana this Thursday.
Kenny Chesney worked up quite a sweat on stage at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Saturday but he got a real workout on Friday when he dropped by the Steelers practice facility to work out and spend time with the players and Coach Mike Tomlin.
Kenny told Steelers.com, “We share a commonality here. There is a mutual respect. A lot of guys who play football would love to do what I do and I would give anything to do what they do. It’s not going to happen so we live vicariously through each other. We love sports, they love music, so it’s fun to hang out together.”
Several Steelers players were excited about Kenny’s participation, including linebacker Arthur Moats and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who tweeted selfies with the superstar.
Kenny’s The Big Revival tour rolls on to Evansville, Indiana on Thursday, June 4th.
Chris Young premiered his brand new video, “I’m Comin’ Over,” yesterday on CMT. The steamy clip was filmed in Nashville, and shows Chris getting hot and heavy with his beautiful co-star.
The video shows a sexy side of Chris, which he says is a first for him. While he said he was comfortable shooting the video, he wanted to offer a warning to his family about what they were about to see, so he tells us he gave his mom, dad and sister a little sneak preview ahead of time.
“I’m Comin’ Over” sold over 70,000 downloads in its first week. The song was co-written by Chris, and it’s the first single from his upcoming album due out this fall.
We were treated to just a short snippet of Miranda Lambert singing “Roots And Wings” in those Ram Truck commercials, but now the singer has released a full-length video for the song. Taste of Country reports that fans overwhelmingly responded to the lyrics, so Miranda wanted to give them a little more.
She said, “I’ve seen so many positive reactions to the song and the partnership with Ram. The song is just so special and personal to me, and it is so amazing what the Ram team did to bring it to life that I want my fans to see it, too.”
Miranda is nominated for three CMT Music Awards — Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year for “Somethin’ Bad” featuring Carrie Underwood and Female Video of the Year for “Little Red Wagon.” The CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on June 10th.
Justin Moore has had his fair share of touring with a female headliner, having spent so much time on the road with his friend Miranda Lambert. But now, Justin is on the road with Brad Paisley, and he says that he’s happy about getting some “guy time.”
The Crushin’ It tour with Brad, Justin and newcomer Mickey Guyton continues on Sunday, May 31st in Charlotte, NC.
Eric Church set his fourth North America venue attendance record of 2015 on Wednesday night on his The Outsiders World tour stop at Lincoln, Nebraska’s Pinnacle Bank Arena. The concert drew 15,823, shattering the previous record of 14, 368 set by Sir Elton John in November of 2014. Eric performed over two hours of original music.
He said, “I’m humbled by the success this tour has had. The records it has set, by some of my muses and heroes, it’s (all) very surreal. As an avid music fan, I’m not sure it’s deserving in comparison to those I adore musically. I can only say this happened because, in my opinion, our fans are second to none.”
The Outsiders World tour topped Billboard‘s Hot Tours last month after Eric set a new attendance record at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on March 20th with over 18,626 present. He also shattered Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena attendance on January 10th with an unprecedented 18,411 fans assembled for what has now become the first of three sold out shows in 2015 in Music City. Eric is opening Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater with two back-to-back sold out shows in July. On April 7th, he also broke the attendance record in North Dakota’s Ralph Engelstad Arena, which was previously set by Sir Elton John’s 2012 show.
Since launching his tour in September of 2014, Eric has performed to over 800,000 fans in more than 65 cities with nearly 20 stops continuing through September 2015.
Darius Rucker made his official debut in country music on this day in 2008 with the release of his first country single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” It went on to top the Billboard chart, as did the following two singles from his Learn To Live debut CD — “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Alright.”
Darius’ latest album, Southern Style, was released in March. The title track is his latest single which is climbing the country charts.
Brad Paisley has landed the gig of a lifetime . . . again! Brad has been tapped to open up for The Rolling Stones when they play Nashville’s LP Field on June 17th. He first got to perform with the Stones in 2013 at their show in Philadelphia.
The news broke yesterday and Brad celebrated by sending out a series of tweets, including, “May I have your attention please . . . , “So it’s been a while since I was an opening act. But I think I remember how to do that . . ., “So proud to warm up for the greatest rock band in the world June 17, LP Field Zip Code Tour,” and a retweet of the show announcement writing, I’ve never been tempted to frame a tweet before now . . . ”
The Stones tweeted their own announcement writing, “Happy to announce the brilliant @BradPaisley will be joining the Rolling Stones in Nashville!” They also linked to a YouTube video of their performance with Brad of “Dead Flowers” in Philly.
The Rolling Stones will kick off their 15-city North American stadium tour, called Zip Code, in San Diego on May 24th.
Brad continues on his Crushin’ It tour with upcoming shows in Salem, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina.