Kenny Chesney Adds Stadium Date to 2016 Spread the Love Tour
Kenny Chesney has added an additional date to his upcoming 2016 Spread the Love Tour.
The country superstar will perform at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky. on May 28, bringing the total number of stadium shows scheduled for 2016 to 12.
“You don’t wanna overdo the stadium thing to where it’s not special,” Chesney says in a press release. “But being outside in Louisville is one of those places where the music hits the night, and it’s not the same as being inside. As we’re looking at the routings and our history, I’m really glad we’re gonna be playing Cardinal Stadium ‘cause as great as the Yum! Center was, I think we’re gonna top that show!”
Chesney invited Miranda Lambert out on the the stadium run with him after the two performed at Soldier Field in Chicago in 2015.
“Miranda was such an awesome addition in Chicago,” he says. “When I was thinking about what I wanted to do this year, how to keep the energy we had and give the fans something truly great musically, she just made sense. She’s a songwriter, a great singer and she loves music every bit as much as I do. In a stadium, those things matter.”
The shows will also include Sam Hunt and Old Dominion, with a special yet-to-be-announced guest filling in for Hunt on selects shows. Chesney gave Hunt his first cut as a songwriter when he cut "Come Over," and he gave Old Dominion a huge break when they opened for him in 2015. He's excited about the unique energy between the different acts on the bill for 2016.
“Last year, we stripped things back and we really learned how to push the energy between us and the crowd,” Chesney notes. “So getting ready for this year, we’re gonna keep the music a big part of it, and how the fans lean into those songs — the singing, cheering, dancing — so it’s all about that! When you see Miranda, Sam and Old Dominion — you know those are all people who take connecting with the audience through their songs as seriously as I do.”
Chesney is also slated to headline the 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival, which takes place June 10-12 at Hunter Mountain in upstate New York. For more information about the hottest festivals of 2016, check out our comprehensive 2016 festival guide.
Kenny Chesney 2016 Spread the Love Tour Dates:
April 23 — Auburn, Ala @ Jordan Hare Stadium
May 7 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Chase Field
May 28 — Louisville, Ky. @ Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
June 4 — Arlington, Texas @ AT&T Stadium
June 18 — Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Miller Park
June 25 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Lincoln Financial Field
July 2 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Heinz Field
July 16 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Arrowhead Stadium
July 23 — Seattle, Wash. @ Century Link Field
Aug. 6 — Santa Clara, Calif. @ Levi’s Stadium
Aug. 13 — Detroit, Mich. @ Ford Field
Aug. 20 — East Rutherford, N.J. @ MetLife Stadium
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