Remember the Near Tragedy of Kenny Chesney’s ‘There Goes My Life’ Video Shoot?
You won’t see footage of the helicopter accident that nearly killed three members of Kenny Chesney‘s video crew in his 2003 clip for ‘There Goes My Life,’ as only a split-second decision by the pilot saved their lives. The accident happened 10 years ago this week (Aug. 19), and director Shaun Silva says it changed his life.
The scene they were trying to capture takes place during the final minute of the nearly five-minute-long clip for the lead single from Chesney’s ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ album. Silva says he, an aerial cinematographer and the pilot were in the helicopter traveling at 75MPH, about as high as a telephone pole. “We hit power lines and crashed,” he told Country Weekly in 2005. “It was a turning point in my life. It made me look at things a little differently. We should be happy for the lessons we learn in life, but that was a tough one to learn. I feel very blessed.”
The song would go on to become a multi-week No. 1 hit, and the video would win the Male Video of the Year at the 2004 CMT Flameworthy Music Video Awards. Silva has directed every Chesney music video since 2002.