Kenny Chesney Delivers Despite Hurricane Irene
August 29, 2011 at 6:34 AM (PT)
BNA NASHVILLE artist KENNY CHESNEY performed for 59,000 fans on SATURDAY, AUGUST 27th at GILLETTE STADIUM in FOXBORO, MA, despite the rain from HURRICANE IRENE. CHESNEY released 2,000 tickets the day of the show which were purchased in minutes.
Also on SATURDAY (8/27), CHESNEY and CMA CEO STEVE MOORE presented the inaugural “CMA Touring Musician Award” to CHESNEY’s keyboard player WYATT BEARD during the tour stop. BEARD has played with CHESNEY for the past 14 years.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime ride that I will never even comprehend for another 20 years or so," said BEARD of playing with CHESNEY’s band. "I try to enjoy the moment."
"CMA exists to honor excellence throughout the industry," MOORE said. "I've witnessed firsthand the contributions and sacrifices touring musicians and vocalists make on the road. They play a significant role in the quality and popularity of our touring artists and are a segment of our industry very deserving of recognition."
The Touring Musician Award was established by the CMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS earlier this year. The award is presented to a touring musician who is known primarily as an instrumentalist or background vocalist in a non-headlining capacity.
CHESNEY also performed FRIDAY, AUGUST 26th, a show which was originally slated for SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th, but rescheduled due to the storm (NET NEWS 8/24). The total in attendance for both sold-out shows was over 106,000 people.
On FRIDAY, CHESNEY also made a surprise visit to the BOSTON COLLEGE football team following a screening of his documentary “The Boys of Fall.” After that, he spent an hour practicing with the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.
For more on CHESNEY, visit www.kennychesney.com.