Sunday, August 26, 2018
– New England's a home away from home for Kenny Chesney.
With his 18th and 19th shows at Gillette Stadium this weekend, Chesney also has now sold more than 1 million tickets there alone.
The two night attendance of 121,714 broke his own attendance record and surpassed the million ticket mark by over 90,000.
"This is so much bigger than all of us," Chesney told Saturday night's crowd. "It's like destiny."
"This entire summer has been a new threshold in terms of how No Shoes Nation has come at these songs, these shows, these moments," said Chesney. "Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, something else would happen... And then we saw a whole new response, whether it was the cheers, the way the audiences sang or the looks on people's faces. It was incredible."
Chesney played "(She Comes from) Boston" both nights. Saturday, he brought millionth ticket purchaser Karen Duggan on stage, explaining that she represented each and every one of them before performing the song about the island dwelling expat to the capacity crowd.
"Karen is every single one of you. Each of you is a part of selling a million tickets; you are all one in a million, and I want to thank you for loving life and loving music."
Duggan, an emergency room nurse, is being given her very own trip to anywhere in the world she wants to go and season tickets to see the New England Patriots play. Duggan has seen Chesney at Gillette 15 times out of the 19 shows he has done there.
"The spirit of the people of Boston have been part of this journey since the first year we started playing stadiums. They love life, they work hard, they believe in music - and they understand how much I see their lives in my own life. I'd've never believed when I was young that I would play, let alone sell out the stadium where the Patriots play. But when I hear those voices as I hit that stage, I'm sure glad unthinkable dreams come true."
Over a dozen years, Chesney played before 1,090,326 people across 19 shows in Boston. Chesney also had another platinum summer. With just under 1.3 million total attendance, he racked up 1,298,088 tickets sold across 19 stadiums and 41 total shows on his Trip Around the Sun Tour.