Kenny Chesney Was Supposed To Be Near the Twin Towers on 9/11: Here’s Why he Wasn’t

by Keeli Parkey

In the aftermath of 9/11 numerous stories of heroism and self-sacrifice came to light. There are also stories about people who were supposed to be in or near the World Trade Center on that fateful day, but for one reason or another weren’t. One of those lucky people was country music star Kenny Chesney.

According to Taste of Country, the “There Goes My Life” singer was scheduled to be in lower Manhattan in order to shoot a music video. The shoot was supposed to take place one block away from the World Trade Center.

The video he was supposed to shoot was for his song, “The Tin Man.” The now 53-year-old singer had re-released the track prior to Sept. 11, 2001. And he was going to New York City to film a music video of “The Tin Man.”

However – luckily for Kenny Chesney and others who were supposed to participate – there were delays in getting the equipment needed. So, the filming of the music video was delayed.

Chesney recalled the canceled video shoot and the events of that unforgettable day to CMT on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in 2011.

“We played a fair in Pennsylvania on Sept. 10, and we were supposed to have driven from Pennsylvania into New York City that night and start shooting my video that morning, basically a block away from the World Trade Center the morning all this happened,” Chesney shared.

Kenny Chesney Said He Was On a Tour Bus When He Learned of the 9/11 Attacks

Chesney said that the video shoot had been canceled a while before the attacks. And it had slipped his mind he was once supposed to be so close to Ground Zero on that day – until the tragedy began to unfold.

“But we canceled the video a couple of weeks before then, and I’d forgotten all about it. And I woke up that morning, I was on the bus,” Kenny Chesney also said. “I think we were traveling through Virginia. And I went up to the front of the bus and turned the TV on to CNN and saw what had happened. It didn’t hit me at first. I was laying on the couch, just watching this and couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and I thought, ‘Oh, my God.’ I said, ‘We’re supposed to be there.'” 

The country music star said the experience reinforced his belief in a higher power. “And it was a weird feeling. You know, I’ve always believed in guardian angels, but it really makes you believe that there’s something up there. I’m glad we weren’t there. I mean, I feel for everybody that was there. I think we’ve all been changed forever by it,” Kenny Chesney also said.

Almost 3,000 people died because of the events on Sept. 11, 2001. The attack changed the United States of America and the world forever. Most of us will always remember where we were when we heard the news.