Tuesday, April 4, 2006
– Tickets are going fast for superstar Kenny Chesney's tour, including one to go clean at Madison Square Garden in New York, the first country act to sell out the venue in four years. This past Saturday, Chesney quickly came close to selling out football stadiums in Detroit and Seattle.
"I remember when we sold out Manhattan, Kansas for the first time," said Chesney, "and I thought, 'Well, this is the biggest Manhattan for a kid like me... 'cause even though you dream of New York City and the most legendary venue there is, you know not to set yourself up to be let down, because it's New York and they've seen it all and just don't really care."
"But, you know, the thing about dreams... they can't come true if you don't dream 'em. Probably Neyland Stadium, which was crazy in its own right, seemed more attainable, even though it was 67,000 people... because it was my hometown. But once you do something like that, have the success we had in Boston, in DC, in Pittsburgh, well, it makes you either brave - or crazy. I'm probably more crazy, truth be told, but this morning I'm sure glad we decided to do something that seemed like a wild idea."
The Dixie Chicks played Madison Square four years ago.
Chesney already has sold out the Gillette Stadium show in Foxboro, Mass., four months in advance.
"When I got the call were sold out in New York City in an hour, I thought it was a joke," Chesney said. "People don't do things like that, but the tour marketing person was like, 'Yeah, well...get used to it.' And it's almost surreal - because what we do know is the sound of the tail-gating at the shows in the afternoons, the way 'Anything But Mine' sounds so great when we stop playing and let the fans sing it back to us, the way they roar when the lights drop and get louder when that spot hits us. That's what's real... the rest, well, it's numbers and some pretty big math... and that was never my best subject."