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Virus causes Chesney tour postponements

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – Kenny Chesney is postponing the April and May Chillaxifcation tour dates, due to coronavirus, he said today.

"You can't take risks without really understanding the consequences," Chesney said. "In times of uncertainty, I won't take chances with those I love. I can't imagine, as much as we love being out there playing for the fans, being able to do that through the worry our nation is experiencing."

"So, while we wait to see how this terrible virus is going to impact our country, I think it's only fair to move these first several dates now. We are figuring some of this out as we go, but I know people buy airline tickets, book hotel rooms, and I wanted to try to give everyone as much time to sort that out as possible."

Currently, seven stadiums and four amphitheater shows have been postponed. Starting with the Blue Chair Bay Rum Presents Kenny Chesney's 2020 Chillaxification Tour Fueled by Marathon kick off Saturday, April 18 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the postponements run through May 28 at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Chesney hopes to reschedule the dates. "Hopefully within six weeks, all the moving pieces will be resolved; new dates should be in place. Those unable to attend will be refunded," according to Chesney's press release.

"This is all uncharted," said Chesney. "I'm like everyone else: watching the news, wondering when we may know something concrete, not sure how this gets transmitted, worried someone I know will catch it. I want to believe this will all be okay in the end; but right now, I don't feel like this risk to No Shoes Nation is worth it."

"Nobody wants to get out there for these shows more than I do. We've started rehearsals; everything is loaded in, and the band sounds great. Music is medicine when your soul or your heart need healing, but I don't want my music to put anyone at risk. So, I promise: we are going to work as quickly as we can to sort out what we can and can't do in terms of these dates. We're going to cross our fingers this pandemic will resolve as some of the experts have suggested, and we hope to kick off the tour May 30th at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, a venue we've played since 2005. But mostly, I hope this virus is contained and the suffering and deaths are kept to the fewest possible people."

The tour also includes Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Postpone dates are:
April 18 AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas
April 25 Miller Park Milwaukee, Wis.
May 2 U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis, Minn.
May 7* iThink Financial Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, Fla.
May 9 Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Fla.
May 13* BankPlus Amphitheater Southaven, Miss.
May 14* Brandon Amphitheater Brandon, Miss.
May 16 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, Ga.
May 22 Minute Maid Park Houston, Texas
May 23 Alamodome San Antonio, Texas
May 28* Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

* Michael Franti & Spearhead ONLY

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