Kenny Chesney’s Show Gets Fishy
If you've been to a Kenny Chesney concert in recent years, you've probably noticed a huge stuffed blue marlin onstage with the singer. That's Marly, the fish he caught off the British Virgin Islands in 2003.
"We put that stuffed blue marlin on stage every night, just as a talk point," Kenny explains. "People will go, 'Why does Kenny have a stuffed blue marlin with a sombrero on its head on stage with him?' There's no rhyme or reason to it; it just makes me feel good!"
Kenny is now in his second week of the Sun City Carnival tour. He admits that the name he chose for this trek might sound familiar to some of his fans. That's because he got it from a sign he saw while cruising through the pre-show parties in a parking lot last year.
"These people had this whole section of the parking lot roped off, and they had their own little city, and they called it the Sun City Carnival. When I saw it I thought, 'You know what? That would be good for us!'" Kenny explains. "So that's one of the few times that I got something from the people out there having a great time. When I saw that sign, I thought, 'That describes everybody here, and I think it fits us perfect.'"
Kenny goes on to say that the fans who tailgate prior to his shows are there to have fun and forget their troubles for awhile. "It's unbelievable to see the passion that people have for having a good time with us. I've seen it all. I've seen people bring boats and use them as coolers. I've seen so many crazy things that reminds me of why we're there."
Kenny adds that his fans also inspire him to do a better show. "No matter what's going on in my life, I know these people got a lot going on in their life, too. And for a couple hours that night, we get to have a shared moment. That's the kind of mind-frame seeing all the pre-concert activity puts me in. It allows me to realize the job that I gotta do at twenty minutes after nine o'clock. It's an amazing experience out there right now."