Autumn may be in full swing, but Kenny Chesney is already looking ahead to tanktop weather. Today, the singer announced his first wave of stadium tour dates in 2016, starting with an April 23rd concert at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. The Spread the Love tour rolls on from there, with Chesney visiting an additional 10 stadiums — including Chase Field in Phoenix, Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City — before the summer wraps.
As usual, he’s bringing some friends along for the ride. Miranda Lambert, who toured with Chesney in 2009 and joined him last June for a sold-out performance at Chicago’s Soldier Field, will open all 11 shows. Sam Hunt and Old Dominion — both of whom have written hit songs for Chesney — have also been added to the lineup, although Hunt will be replaced by a mystery guest in Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Arlington, Texas. More shows are expected to be announced soon, although Chesney fanatics can already buy tickets for the tour’s kickoff date at Auburn University.
A road warrior since the Nineties, Chesney routinely spends every summer on tour. Before starting rehearsals for the Spread the Love tour, though, he’ll attend the upcoming 2015 CMA Awards, where he and Lambert are both nominated for Entertainer of the Year.