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Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown To Tour Together This Summer

Chesney says time off recording has "strengthened my relationship with the fans"

November 8, 2010 2:03 PM ET

Few artists can still pack stadiums, but country giants Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown shouldn't have a problem this summer on their upcoming nine-city "Goin' Coastal" tour. "Every year we try and bring the biggest and best lineup for the fans," Chesney tells Rolling Stone exclusively. "I think Zac's album is true to him and the fan base that he has built. His fans and mine will go hand in hand."

The tour kicks off March 19 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida and wraps August 27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Chesney's publicist says several more arena and amphitheatre dates are to be announced.

Expect onstage collaborations between the two singers, who both had number one albums this year. "Every year, all the acts on the tour get the opportunity to come out on stage with us and I think that creates an incredible environment," says Chesney. "I'm sure next year will be no different."

The shows will be all-day events, with openers Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker.

Chesney took 2010 off to record Hemingway's Whiskey. "I think we all needed [time off], he says. "But I believe that time off has strengthened my relationship with the fans I feel it in my gut. We're gonna perform a lot of songs from Hemingway's Whiskey and that will bring a new energy to the show. The band and I will hit the stage with a focused purpose and that's to give the fans a night they will never forget."

Read the RS review of Hemingway's Whiskey

Tickets will go on sale starting November 20. At least 7,000 tickets in each city will be available at $25 apiece.

Kenny Chesney 2011 Tour (Stadium Dates Only — co-headline with Zac Brown Band)
Sat Mar 19 — Tampa, FL — Raymond James Stadium (on sale Sat Dec 11)
Sat Apr 16 — Dallas, TX — Cowboys Stadium (on sale Sat Dec 4)
Sat Jun 4 — Washington, DC — FedEx Field — (on sale Fri Dec 3)
Sat Jun 11 — Green Bay, WI — Lambeau Field (on sale Sat Dec 11)
Sat Jun 18 — Philadelphia, PA — Lincoln Financial Field (on sale Sat Nov 20)
Sat Jul 2 — Pittsburgh, PA — Heinz Field (on sale Sat Dec 4)
Sat Jul 30 — Kansas City, MO — Arrowhead Stadium (on sale Sat Dec 4)
Sat Aug 20 — Detroit, MI — Venue TBA
Sat Aug 27- Foxboro, MA — Gillette Stadium (on sale Sat Nov 20)

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