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Kenny's still smokin hot

 Detroit/Bloomington, IL:  Just when Kenny Chesney should be winding it down and thinking about heading to the islands, the 4-time Country Music Association and current and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year is adding a date and turning his notion of his storied Keg in the Closet college town shows upside down. While waiting to take the stage and play to a sold out crowd of 49,215 at Detroit's Ford Field - following a sold out in December show for 57, 890 at Boston's Gillette Stadium the previous weekend - tickets quietly went on-sale for a just-added show at Bloomington, IL's  US Cellular Coliseum, and they were gone in less than 3 minutes.

     “I've always wanted to DO a college town tour beyond the SEC, but by the time school gets back in session, we're usually done and long gone…,” Chesneyt says of the surprise arena show. “You know, there's nothing like that feeling of going back to start another year… All the unknowns, all the promise, all the fun you know you're going to have and the things you can't imagine you're going to learn. For me, going back to school - as much as I hated the summer ending - was always such a great time. I think it's great that this year, we can plug into that…”

     Though he's doing the fewest dates he's played since becoming a headliner, Kernny Chesney's Corona Extra presents Sun City Carnival is doing unprecedented business at a time when the concert business is way off. In addition to his biggest show in Boston - which was his fifth consecutive sell-out in advamce, this year without any support acts being announced, the high-energy entertainer's fourth consecutive play at Ford Field in Detroit was also not only a complete sell-out, but the most tickets he's ever sold in an obviously financially-distressed market.

     “We weren't sure about going into Detroit again,” the singer/songwriter from Luttrell, TN admits. “Things have been so demonstratably tough there… you know, you want to be sensitive to the community. But then I got to thinking about it, and if anyone needs a night to forget about all of it, to just have fun and feel young and free and happy, it's somewhere like that. So we decided to go ahead… to reach out… and before we knew it, we were looking for ways to release more tickets.

     “I think in Detroit, we went in and found places we could open up seating three times before it was over! And I gotta tell you: those fans came out, they cheered, the danced, they sang along. They had the time of their life - and man, we've always had the best audiences, period. But this year, you can really feel the way people need to connect with the music, with us, with each other - and it's powerful! This has been a whole other kinds of summer in terms of how the fans are reacting, and in some ways, it's the most rewarding year we've ever had!”

     With a Sept. 15 intimate show at Times Square's Hard Rock Café as part of the vaunted chain's Ambassadors of Rock program, the recently added Bloomington, IL show on Sept. 17 and the Sun City Carnival's final hurrah at Indianapolis' Lincoln Oil Field, where the Colts play, Kenny Chesney is cclosing in on closing out the year of an already unprecedented career.


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