For more than 15 years, Kenny Chesney has maintained a relentless touring schedule, especially during the summer months. Each year the singer has toured, his stadium shows have ensured him a spot at or near the top of concert box-office attractions in all musical genres, with more than one million tickets sold. While he has from time to time taken a year or more off between treks, the “Setting the World on Fire” singer has one venue that remains a special go-to place. On August 25th, Chesney will play his only stadium date for 2017 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Joining him will be Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion. Tickets will be available for presale beginning Wednesday, November 23rd at 12 noon ET Chesney’s website.
Chesney announced the summer show in a Facebook video from a beachfront location, saying, “We’re doing it because we love you.” In the accompanying message, the country superstar said, “I can’t imagine summer without getting out there and rocking everyone at Gillette Stadium. From the beginning, the amount of heart and soul that came at us from the first note at Gillette was beyond intense. It’s never let up, it’s never slowed down. Every summer, every show, every song, they push us even harder than we push them.”
Gillette Stadium is the Boston-area home of the NFL’s New England Patriots and the venue that first inspired “No Shoes Nation,” the nickname for his legions of loyal fans named after his 2002 mega-hit “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.” Next summer will mark Chesney’s 14th performance at Gillette, where, as of 2015, he had sold 736,149 tickets over the course of eight tours.
“My life really changed in 2002,” Chesney told the Boston Globe in 2015. “I was spending a lot of time in the Virgin Islands, and the majority of friends that I made there during that time were from New England. And as my music grew, those friendships grew. And my relationship with the [Patriots owners] Krafts – I don’t have that relationship everywhere I go play. They’ve become a lot like brothers, and we have talked to each other over the last several years, in the best of times and in the worst of times, like family does. And then you get to the connection with the fans, and it is beautiful.”