Kenny Chesney Reveals Dreams About Future: ‘I’ve Never Gone Overseas’
With over 60 shows, many broken records and top-notch opening acts, Kenny Chesney's 2015 The Big Revival Tour wrapped on Aug. 28. While he's enjoying time off, the singer is also dreaming big -- and even thinking about bringing his music overseas. Ahoy, mate!
"The end of the tour is a lot like the last day of school," Chesney tells Rolling Stone. "There's this double-edged sword. You're tired and ready for a break but you don't want it to end because you wake up the next day and there's nowhere to go.
There's nowhere to go on the tour bus, but currently, the "American Kids" singer is most likely relaxing on a beach somewhere -- a tradition that takes place after every tour is finished. "The last 15 years of my life, the very next day after the last show, I fly south and wake up and get on my boat, and I can hear the ringing in my ears from all summer," he reveals.
Chesney kicked off his massive tour on March 26 (his 47th birthday) and ended with a bang at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. where he broke an attendance record, playing to over 120,000 fans. Artists like Old Dominion, Cole Swindell, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Church and Jason Aldean were all part of the trek.
And now, as he takes in some much-needed R&R, the East Tennessee native is deeply grateful for everything that happened during the trek. "What I hoped would happen with my audience and this record and this tour and where I am in my life and my career. . . I felt like it couldn't have gone any better, as far as people connecting with it," Chesney reflects.
Chesney's time off will include songwriting and turning his mind off of tour mode.
"I haven't written a song in a while and I'm looking forward to getting to that place where I can shut my mind down enough to even begin that process," he admits. "I wrote several songs for The Big Revival but since then we've either been preparing to tour, touring, or promoting that record and I haven't been in a creative place to be still enough to get into that spot. I'm looking forward to that."
As far as another nationwide tour in the future, Chesney is dreaming even bigger -- and in a whole different way. He's scheming several different possibilities -- even debating switching up his approach to touring. "I've never gone overseas," he says. "I think it would be fun to take a couple of acoustic guitars and go to Ireland and Australia and just play and film it. And then come back the next half of the year." Chesney, acoustic guitar and Irish or Aussie scenery? Count us in.
He's also contemplating a small venue tour that would coincide with a stadium run -- playing lesser-known songs and more reflective songs at a theatre mid-week before hitting up a stadium on the weekend. "I think it would be fun for me and the fans that really love those songs and never get to hear them. That's something we may do. I can see myself really loving that. Feeding my soul and theirs, but still keeping the business model that we have out here."
Chesney has time to make all those decisions. For now, fans can be certain he's enjoying the sand, surf and time in the sunshine away from the spotlight.
The "Save It for a Rainy Day" singer will appear at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival later this month in Las Vegas.
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