Kenny Chesney Lands Spot on Billboard’s Top 5 Touring Acts of 2015 for “The Big Revival Tour”

Jill Trunnell
Jill Trunnell
Jill Trunnell

When Kenny Chesney took his 2015 The Big Revival Tour on the road, he wanted to rock as many people as humanly possible. With just 57 dates, albeit 23 stadiums, the manwas the only country act making Billboards Top 5 Touring Acts of 2015 alongside Taylor Swift, One Direction, U2 and the Rolling Stones.

Beyond the dollars, Chesney played to the third highest number of fans 1,335,022 after list-topper Swifts 1,982,076 for 71 shows and No. 2 One Direction’s2,337,938 for 80 shows. Summer after summer, the 4-time Country Music Association and 4-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year remains focused on rocking the No Shoes Nation for all theyre worth.

Every year when we hit the road, Im trying to figure out how to bring it harder, play more music and make it a night the people who live their lives in the songs will remember, says the high-impact songwriter whos sold in excess of a million tickets each of his 13 headlining tours since 2002. Weve been doing this enough years, that you know you have to really bring it to just compete with what youve already done. And its about the music youre making now, as well as the ability to bring it when you hit the stage every night.

People want to rock, to have a good time and forget their problems, Chesney explains. But theyre not looking to mindlessly spend the night. They come to remember the moments that mattered to them and maybe make a few more memories in the process and Ive been lucky that my songs have reflected how the No Shoes Nation lives their lives on every level.

Having a new record that yielded four consecutive No. 1s doesnt hurt. In addition to the GRAMMY- and CMA-nominated, multiple-week No. 1 American Kids, he had Til Its Gone, the CMA Musical Event nominee Wild Child with Grace Potter and the three week chart-topper Save It for a Rainy Day, all songs that show his creative fire matches his unrelenting passion for his near legendary live shows.

The Big Revival also is the eighth time Chesney has won Top Package at Billboards annual Touring Awards. The man, who has brought Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band and Dierks Bentley out with him, tapped Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell and Chase Rice out this summer. His sold out show at Chicagos Soldier Field with Miranda Lambert inspired Chesney to tap his former tour mate for his upcoming 2016 tour of stadiums, amphitheaters, arenas and a few festivals.

Making records is incredible, Chesney offers about the musics spark. But its onstage where the connection happens and the spark pops. You take the songs out to the fans, and you realize how much they mean. When you bring all youve got, and they throw even more energy back at you, theres nothing like it! We dont tour for this kind of recognition, but its sure nice to know when you have fans as committed as the No Shoes Nation, theyre being recognized for how much they bring to our tours! They fly all over meet up and Im thrilled to be part of it.


Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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