Kenny Chesney has had a picture of Thursday, March 26th in his mind for a long time now. That day marked not only his 47th birthday, but also the start of a cross-country party that will bring songs on his The Big Revival album, along with two decades of hit after chart-topping hit, to life.
"Once the album was done, I started thinking about the stage, the set list – 'cause this new music really got me inspired – and how we could make it mean even more," Chesney said a week before opening night of the Big Revival Tour in Nashville. "And you know, I can't stand being away from the fans! They fire me up."
Fired up and sold out. The Nashville show was a packed house — with tickets selling so fast that the country superstar decided to add a second night in his adopted hometown. For opening night, he surprised the audience with three special guests: his "You and Tequila" and "Wild Child" duet partner, Grace Potter, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh and country-gone-pop megastar, Taylor Swift. The friends spent Chesney's birthday rehearsing for the show — and sharing a lot of laughs. Go behind the scenes with them in this exclusive Rolling Stone Country photo gallery shot just before the Nashville show.
Chesney's first tour in two years, which hits a mix of stadiums and arenas, sold more than a million tickets a week before it even began. See all dates and get tickets to the Big Revival Tour here.
All photos are by Allister Ann and are courtesy of Kenny Chesney. Captions provided by Chesney and his team.