Kenny Chesney Kicks Off I Go Back Tour With Kelsea Ballerini: See Set List & Videos

Kenny Chesney’s I Go Back Tour runs through May 27 and features support from Kelsea Ballerini.

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Posted on March 24, 2023

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Kenny Chesney, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Kenny Chesney kicked off his I Go Back Tour with a sold-out show at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia on Thursday evening (March 23).

For approximately two hours, Chesney took 13,017 fans on a journey through three decades of hits and fulfilled his promise to fans to include some surprises within his nearly 30-song set list. 

“I wanted to bring all the power and all of the passion that we have at those stadium shows,” Chesney said post-show. “I want every single person who’s in the room to know how much we love them, to feel as good as they’ve ever felt and to go home hoarse from the cheering and singing. Charlottesville, Virginia sure made the opening night feel like the biggest stadiums.”

Kelsea Ballerini was on hand as direct support with a 50-minute set that included her earliest radio hits like “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs,” as well as tracks from her brand-new project, Rolling Up The Welcome Mat.

Ahead of the show, Chesney teased “some real surprises” in the set list, including “a couple songs we’ve not played in a long time.”

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@kennychesney and @kelseaballerini performed #WildChild tonight in Charlottesville, VA, during the #IGoBackTour kick off show! #KennyChesney #KelseaBallerini

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He more than delivered on that promise. 

Thursday night’s show marked the return of several songs to Chesney’s set list, from his 1999 chart-topper, “How Forever Feels,” to other favorites like “Don’t Happen Twice,” “The Good Stuff,” “Big Star,” and more.

In the midst of his headlining set, Chesney invited Kelsea Ballerini back to the stage to perform “Wild Child,” a tune that originally features Grace Potter, and their chart-topping duet, “Half Of My Hometown.”

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@kennychesney joined forces with @kelseaballerini to perform their chart-topping duet, HalfOfMyHometown, during the #IGoBackTour kickoff in Charlottesville, VA!

♬ half of my hometown (feat. Kenny Chesney) – Kelsea Ballerini & Kenny Chesney

Presented by Blue Chair Bay Rum, the I Go Back Tour finds the East Tennessee native returning to his roots as he visits arenas and cities that he played on his rise to superstardom.  

While the venues may be smaller than the massive NFL stadiums he played last summer, Chesney brought the same energy and the same large-scale production to the stage, once again making his ticket a must-buy for all country fans this summer. 

Kenny Chesney’s I Go Back Tour Set List 

Til It’s Gone

Beer In Mexico

We Do

Here And Now

Summertime

Reality

Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

Somewhere With You

I Go Back

Get Along

The Good Stuff

Big Star

Save It For A Rainy Day

When The Sun Goes Down

All The Pretty Girls

Living In Fast Forward

Young

Noise

Wild Child (feat. Kelsea Ballerini)

Half Of My Hometown (feat. Kelsea Ballerini)

American Kids

Setting The World On Fire

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 

Out Last Night

How Forever Feels

Anything But Mine

Don’t Happen Twice

Beer Can Chicken (Snippet)

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@kennychesney kicked off his #IGoBackTour tonight in Charlottesville, VA with a nearly 30 song set!

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Kelsea Ballerini’s I Go Back Tour Set List 

Love Is A Cowboy

The Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away” (interlude)

Hole In The Bottle

Heartfirst

Love Me Like You Mean It

Dibs

Yeah Boy

If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too)

You’re Drunk, Go Home

Penthouse

Blindsided

Muscle Memory

Peter Pan

Miss Me More

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@kelseaballerini performing #Penthouse during opening night of KennyChesney’s #IGoBackTour tonight! #KelseaBallerini

♬ Penthouse – Kelsea Ballerini

The I Go Back Tour runs through May 27. See a full list of upcoming tour dates below. 

Kenny Chesney’s I Go Back 2023 Tour Dates

March 

25 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center

30 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena

April 

1 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center

6 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

8 – Wilkes-Barre Township, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

12 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC

14 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheater

16 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Tortuga Music Festival*

22 – North Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena

25 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena

27 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena

29 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

May 

4 – Moline, IL – Vibrant Arena at The Mark

6 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

9 – Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center

11 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center

13 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena

18 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

20 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center

25 – Charleston, SC – Credit One Stadium

27 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf

23 – Endicott, NY – En-Joie Golf Course*

July 

22 – Des Moines, IA – Hy-Vee Indy Race*

*festival/one-off show dates

Kenny Chesney’s 2022 Here And Now Tour closed out last year as one of the biggest tours of any genre, landing behind only Bad Bunny, Elton John, Motley Crue/Def Leppard, and Harry Styles. He’s the only country artist to land a slot on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 years for the last 14 and ended 2022 by playing to a whopping 1.3 million people. 

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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