(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)
When I think back to all the country shows I’ve gone to in the last decade, and at such great expense, it seems like the numbers can’t ever get any bigger than my own personal entertainment costs. But then I just read something about the numbers that it takes to put on a Kenny Chesney tour, and I think he’s got me beat. Listen to this. More than 110 people (crew, drivers, caterers, sound and lighting folks, musicians, etc.) are necessary to run the whole thing. It takes 10 buses and 23 trucks to get everything to the show. Chesney’s stage weighs a staggering 80,000 pounds. And, it takes eight hours to set up for the show. I do think that list leaves some important numbers out, though. I’d like to know how many beers they sell at each show (and how many of those stupid-looking foot-long margaritas, too). And how many fans lose their voices singing along to every word. How much Chesney weighs before and after each show because I’m guessing he must sweat off at least a few pounds every night. And the number of “Marry Me” signs he sees every night. Just wondering. I’m curious like that.