Kenny Chesney has postponed 11 concerts on his upcoming Chillaxification Tour, including seven stadium shows and four amphitheater dates, beginning with the April 18 show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and ending with the May 28 date at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The postponed dates also include stops in Mississippi, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia and Minnesota. The Chillaxification tour also includes Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion, and Michael Franti & Spearhead.
Chesney’s team at Messina Touring is working to find alternative dates later in the touring season and aims to have new dates in place within the next six weeks, according to a release, with hopes of launching the tour May 30 at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. Fans unable to attend the rescheduled shows will be refunded.
“You can’t take risks without really understanding the consequences,” Chesney said via a statement. “In times of uncertainty, I won’t take chances with those I love. I can’t imagine, as much as we love being out there playing for the fans, being able to do that through the worry our nation is experiencing. So, while we wait to see how this terrible virus is going to impact our country, I think it’s only fair to move these first several dates now. We are figuring some of this out as we go, but I know people buy airline tickets, book hotel rooms – and I wanted to try to give everyone as much time to sort that out as possible.”
“This is all uncharted,” Chesney says. “I’m like everyone else: watching the news, wondering when we may know something concrete, not sure how this gets transmitted, worried someone I know will catch it. I want to believe this will all be okay in the end; but right now, I don’t feel like this risk to No Shoes Nation is worth it. Nobody wants to get out there for these shows more than I do. We’ve started rehearsals; everything is loaded in – and the band sounds great. Music is medicine when your soul or your heart need healing, but I don’t want my music to put anyone at risk. So, I promise: we are going to work as quickly as we can to sort out what we can and can’t do in terms of these dates. We’re going to cross our fingers this pandemic will resolve as some of the experts have suggested, and we hope to kick off the tour May 30th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, a venue we’ve played since 2005. But mostly, I hope this virus is contained, and the suffering and deaths are kept to the fewest possible people.”
April 18 AT&T Stadium
April 25 Miller Park
May 2 U.S. Bank Stadium
May 7* iThink Financial Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, Fla.
May 9 Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Fla.
May 13* BankPlus Amphitheater
May 14* Brandon Amphitheater
May 16 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, Ga.
May 22 Minute Maid Park
May 23 Alamodome
May 28* Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
More Information as it Develops
* Michael Franti & Spearhead ONLY
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