Kenny Chesney fans in five cities this year are getting the added bonus of Eric Church on the Big Revival Tour bill. Warming up the stage for Chesney in Philadelphia over the weekend, the “Wrecking Ball” singer opened with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” — then seguing into, of course, his own “Springsteen.” And after a set list of hits spanning his four studio albums, he was back on stage again to join his longtime friend and frequent tourmate.
Ten songs into Chesney’s set, Church returned for duets on “When I See This Bar” and “Living in Fast Forward,” with the “hillbilly rock stars” trading lines on the two nostalgic hits. (But with as loud as the crowd was singing along, they were really both just co-lead guitarists.)
And what a crowd it was. This was Chesney’s eighth time playing Philly’s Lincoln Financial Field, where he broke his own record Saturday for the most tickets sold to a single-night country show, with 55,131 fans attending. “It’s funny, when you go back to markets in this size venue tour after tour, you wonder if people are ever going to get tired of the big show, the long day,” he said in a statement released Sunday. “And listening to the crowd last night, they were as alive, as loud, as crazy about the music as they were in 2006.”
The “Wild Child” singer’s massive tour rolls on through stadiums and arenas across the country through August, with Jake Owen, Old Dominion, Chase Rice, Brantley Gilbert and Cole Swindell opening on select dates. The trek collides with Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour again this weekend in Minneapolis — which will be the fifth of the two country superstars’ ten dates together.
Church’s last date as a Big Revival special guest is August 22nd in Detroit. As his own tour has already wrapped, the rest of his summer calendar is packed with fairs and festivals, along with two headlining gigs later this month as the very first act to play Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.