Kenny Chesney Breaks 20-Year Attendance Record Held by Pink Floyd
Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. has a new number to beat thanks to Kenny Chesney. The star packed out the venue at 57,368 people Aug. 1 on The Big Revival tour, blowing the previous record held by rock legends Pink Floyd out of the water.
Pink Floyd have owned the title for more than 20 years, setting the record in 1994 with 56,134 attendees, but Chesney’s fourth headlining show at Arrowhead was a charm.
“I had no idea about the number when we took the stage,” Chesney marveled when he heard the news, according to a press release. “Pink Floyd are rock icons. Every kid’s high school experience … I never ever would've thought something like that could happen. We’ve been coming to Kansas City for years, and they’ve always been really loud audiences. But when we hit the stage, it felt like all those years, all those shows were added up into one – and that was what we were being hit with.”
Though he has been breaking his own attendance records all over the country, Chesney could feel something special in the air before he even struck a chord or sang a note.
"I could hear the cheers when the intro film was running,” he explains. “It was so loud, I could barely hear the music – and from the very first second I was out there singing, the audience was electric! It felt like being at the bottom of a mountain, and an avalanche just kept rolling over you. The energy, the heart, the passion had that much force and it didn’t let up – not once all night."
One of the artist's favorite moments during the show was singing one of his most recent hits, “American Kids,” he says.
“Kansas City took ‘American Kids’ to a whole other place,” Chesney reveals. “They made it their own. But they took over a bunch of the songs – and it was awesome. When you’ve played somewhere for several years, and the passion grows, that’s what you’re trying to create. It’s the best part of what we do up here. And man, Kansas City just leveled me. Every show we’ve ever played, all the way back, they hit us.”
Chesney continues The Big Revival tour through the end of August, joined by fellow hitmakers Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell, Brantley Gilbert and Old Dominion on some shows, and Eric Church or Chase Rice and Jake Owen on others.
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