Kenny Chesney Duets With Taylor Swift, Joe Walsh and More at Big Revival Tour Opening Night [WATCH]
Kenny Chesney's 2015 The Big Revival Tour kicked off in a major way on Thursday night (March 26) at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, with a three-hour set that included appearances by big-name artists like Taylor Swift, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and more.
Chesney opened the show with "Drink It Up," "Reality," "Keg in the Closet" and "Beer in Mexico." His two-decade career boasts plenty of big hits and fan-favorite tunes, and Chesney didn't disappoint, mixing old and new music, including "Summertime," "Anything But Mine," "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," "There Goes My Life" and "Old Blue Chair."
Although much of his set was song after song after song, Chesney also took a few opportunities to connect with his fans, sharing his own thoughts on the tour and opening night.
"Tonight … don't think about tomorrow," he said. "Don't think about earlier today. All we're going to think about for the next two or three hours is right now. We're excited to be back on the road. There are reasons we are all here, and it's because you all are here."
Chesney's set would have been incredible no matter what, but he had a few surprises up his sleeve that made the night even more memorable -- and their names were Swift, Walsh, Grace Potter, David Lee Murphy and Uncle Kracker.
Swift emerged from the packed audience (in premiere soundboard seating) to sing "Big Star" with Chesney. The song, with lyrics like, “She signed autographs like she was Garth Brooks in a skirt / And in the aftermath, that small-time town was hers," was an incredibly fitting choice for the massive superstar. You can watch video of her performance above.
Potter performed Chesney's current radio single, "Wild Child," and later, "You and Tequila," while Murphy (who has penned several Chesney songs) sang "Dust on the Bottle" and "Party Crowd," and Uncle Kracker hit the stage for four songs, including "Drift Away" and "When the Sun Goes Down."
During his encore, Chesney introduced Walsh for a whopping four songs, and then the Eagles' guitar player led the crowd in a massive "Happy Birthday" sing-a-long, to celebrate Chesney's 47th birthday.
"Every time, I want people to have the best night of their lives,” Chesney explains. “I take that very seriously."
Chesney continues his two-night, sold-out Nashville run Friday (March 27). Who knows what special guests will come out this time?
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