Kenny Chesney Donating Tuscaloosa Concert Fees to Tornado Relief Fund

Kenny Chesney is donating all of his fees for his May 25 concert in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to disaster relief efforts following a massive tornado that struck the area on April 27. All fees for Chesney and his band, plus all earnings for his management and booking representatives, will go to GiveTuscaloosa.com, a clearinghouse for local charities and social services created to address the needs of those dealing with the aftermath of the tornado. After learning of the severe and widespread damage in the area, Chesney initially considered postponing the Tuscaloosa stop on his Goin’ Coastal tour. However, he made the decision to perform the show at the urging of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. “When we first heard about this tragedy we were stunned, as we have so many fans in the area and have enjoyed every visit that we’ve made there over the years,” Chesney said. “But Mayor Maddox convinced us that this is a great opportunity to bring the people of Tuscaloosa together in a positive way, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help them in this way.” Chesney’s upcoming show at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is the latest in a string of concerts he’s headlined in the city that serves as home to the University of Alabama. In addition to his major concerts, he performed informal club dates at the Jupiter Bar & Grill in Tuscaloosa in 2007 and 2009.