Kenny Chesney announced Monday that he’s pushing his tour to next year. He cited difficulties in managing different coronavirus measures between cities
“We have waited for so long, I can’t play knowing I would disappoint a portion of No Shoes Nation who wouldn’t be able to get into the stadiums and the amphitheaters,” Chesney said in a press release. “There’s no way around that this year. As much I hate postponing further, I would hate telling people who waited we won’t be able to let them come due to capacity restrictions. That’s just not fair.”
Chesney postponed his 2020 tour because of the pandemic but promises that ticket holders will have their tickets honored at next year’s shows. Though anyone who’d like a refund should contact their original point of purchase.
The updated slate of concerts in 2022 will be released soon. So far, those stops include:
- Raymond James Stadium: Tampa, Fla.
- American Family Field: Milwaukee
- Nissan Stadium: Nashville, Tenn.
- Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Atlanta
- GEHA Field at Arrowhead: Kansas City, Mo.
- U.S. Bank Stadium: Minneapolis
- Heinz Field: Pittsburgh
- Lincoln Financial Field: Philadelphia
- Soldier Field: Chicago
- Bobcat Stadium: Bozeman, Mont.
- Busch Stadium: St. Louis
- Lumen Field: Seattle
- SoFi Stadium: Inglewood, Calif.
- Empower Field at Mile High: Denver
- AT&T Stadium: Arlington, Texas
- Ford Field: Detroit
- MetLife Stadium: East Rutherford, N.J.
- Gillette Stadium: Foxborough, Mass.
Kenny Chesney Releases Statement to Fans
Kenny Chesney issued a statement to the No Shoes Nation expressing his disappointment in missing another year of touring. He said he’d hoped to keep the tour dates for this year, but it was logistically too difficult to balance all of the differing rules.
No Shoes Nation —
It has been too long, and I miss you guys.
You know how you feel when the music starts, the show open rolls, the lights spin?
And it builds, and then… I walk out and see you?!
That is the greatest moment, and it starts the biggest rush I’ve ever experienced.
We have waited, and we have hoped…
Talked to medical experts, stadium people, local officials across the country.
I hate what I’m about to tell you.
With all the progress being made around the pandemic, there is still too much unknown.
What we’re hearing changes daily… anything is possible…
But if we can only do two-thirds of the audience?
Who decides who doesn’t get to come to the show we’ve all been waiting for?
If we have to have social distancing measures, how far apart will you be?
I have held on all these months,
thinking I was going to get to see your faces soon.
On bad days, that thought made me smile, gave me patience, inspired me to be my better self.
Seeing your faces, though, reminds me of what I said when we postponed last year:
I won’t take chances with people I love.
I also don’t want to come out there after all this time and not deliver the best show I ever have to all of you!
If I can’t give you more than you expect, it feels like I’m letting you down.
And I’d rather let me down than any of you.
So, here comes reality.
We’re moving to 2022…
Where I feel better about us all being together safely.
I’d rather keep everyone safe + know we can rock for years to come.