Kenny Chesney announced his return to touring during a Friday appearance (Oct. 24) on ABC’s Good Morning America.
The Big Revival tour will kick off in Nashville on March 26, which also happens to be the superstar’s birthday.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate,” Chesney told Good Morning America. “I’ve been ready to get out there for a long time. Now that we’re announced, I’m fired up. This new music brings a new energy to the show, and it’s gonna take what we do to a whole other level.
“We’re going to be mixing up the lineup, too. Different markets will have different acts playing with us. A few will be on all the stadium shows, some doing pieces — but I promise everybody who’s coming out rocks hard and understands turning a crowd on.”
Chesney did not tour in 2014, deciding instead to focus on his latest album, The Big Revival. The project debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart, while its first single, “American Kids,” also reached the top spot on the Billboard country airplay chart. His follow-up is out now and titled “Til It’s Gone.”
“I didn’t know if I could take the music as far as we were able with the album,” he said. “That’s the beauty of giving things time to be what they’re meant to (be). We’re already working on next year’s video. I’ve seen the stage and the lights. As the set list comes together and we start locking down rehearsals, this is gonna be a wild night. I hope the fans are ready.
“This is really about us and the fans — the fact that every year, so many people make their summer about coming to see us. I’ve missed that sense of community and that passion for the music. There’s gonna be some stuff from the new record and songs people haven’t heard in a while. There’s gonna be a whole lot of music and some surprises.”
While no specific dates or venues have been announced, Chesney said he plans to book a mix of arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums.
“Because of the number of artists we’re pulling into this tour, the rollout is a little trickier, but I think it’s going to be worth the wait and the finding out,” he said. “Rather than locking in one thing, I wanted to make each market the best it could be. People will be fired up when they see who’s playing where. That means there’s more news to come. A lot of our favorite cities are on the list, so are some places we’ve never been.”