Kenny Chesney’s Here And Now Tour sold over 1.2 million tickets, marking his highest-grossing tour ever with $135 million, according to Pollstar.
Chesney kicked off his tour back in April at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the outlet indicated. The show broke Chesney’s 2018 record with 58,369 fans in attendance.
Besides Raymond James Stadium, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Ford Field in Detroit, and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough all represented key markets where Chesney broke additional attendance records.
“I wanted anyone who wanted to come to be able to,” Chesney told Pollstar via email. “Having waited so long for music to come back, I know that wanting to get out there and feel alive again [is a] feeling only a concert can give you.”
“Honestly, being on stage has never felt that electric! No Shoes Nation has always been a very passionate place, but this year, the energy was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” he said.
Chesney shared that he wasn’t sure what touring again would look like due to the hiatus brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, he shared that his fans didn’t lose their taste for music even a little, something that became very apparent when he kicked off his tour in Tampa.
“We didn’t know what the time away was going to mean,” he admitted. “You want to believe it will be the same, but four years is a lot of time, especially the way everything moves so fast.”
“We were all surprised at how many people held their tickets for so long, but that’s the thing most people miss about No Shoes Nation: they’re invested in this culture we’ve built together.
“What became obvious starting in Tampa was that they hadn’t lost any of their hunger for this music. If anything, they were more passionate than they were in 2018, 2015, or any of the years we’ve set records. This year’s audiences were something else, and it made being out there the greatest experience any of us have ever had on an entire tour,” he continued.
Chesney’s success on his Here And Now Tour placed him at No. 7 on Pollstar’s third quarter recap of ticket revenue. The tour included a 26-song set list and featured support from Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, and Carly Pearce.