Chesney sets New York area record
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
– Kenny Chesney performed the biggest ticketed country show in New York/New Jersey history, topping the area's previous record holder, Willie Nelson's 1983 festival with Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Linda Ronstadt, according to his publicist. About 55,000 fans attended the concert.
During the free-for-all encore, Chesney dished out covers - including Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, Tom Petty's Runnin' Down a Dream and Steve Miller Band's The Joker. New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan joined Chesney onstage in the night's final moments.
The show was one of a dozen stadium dates on the 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal Tour,' the number 1 grossing country tour of 2011 according to Pollstar.
Chesney made a surprise appearance the following day during Grace Potter & The Nocturnals' closing set at the Grand Point North Festival in Burlington, Vt., performing their duet You and Tequila.
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