Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival tour is just kicking off, but before he hit the road, the superstar sat down with CMT Hot 20 Countdown to discuss his new music and what fans can expect at this year’s shows.
“I’m thrilled that it’s here,” Chesney told CMT’s Cody Alan backstage before launching the tour at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. “We’ve been preparing for this moment since last September, literally building everything and deciding how we want people to see the show. It looks effortless, but a lot of preparation goes into it.
“We’ve all worked really hard to get to this place. We took a year off to focus on the music and to bring a certain energy that I wanted to bring, and it’s unbelievable to see that it’s here and all the preparing is done.”
For Chesney and his band, part of the pre-show ritual takes place in the private area backstage they call the “vibe room.”
“I used to listen to ‘Jump’ by Van Halen a lot,” he said. “I would crank it up. We would come about 15 minutes before the show started and we would crank up the music. It was just a moment for all of us to wash up away everything that might get in the way of us getting done what we need to do. It’s great for us to be in here together and remember why we’re here.”
“It’s someone that loves love, loves life, loves music and loves coloring outside the lines of her life — wherever that takes her,” Chesney said of the song’s protagonist. “It’s something special in their soul that allows them to be freer than some of us. And I’m drawn to that. Grace Potter is that way, and that’s why we’re such great friends.”
Alan followed up with a rather personal question.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, how wild are you?” he asked.
“I would say the meter would be red a few years ago,” he said. “But I’ve kind of found that happy medium. But being on the road, makes you want to feel that freedom. There’s a wonderful spirit when fans see their favorite song. It never gets old. There’s something really special about it.”
For more on Kenny Chesney and his Big Revival tour, tune into CMT Hot 20 Countdown on Sunday (April 12) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.