Continuing a tradition he started years ago, Kenny Chesney began tuning up for his national stadium tour with a free concert at a small nightclub. The latest stop happened Monday (March 21) in Key West, Florida at Sloppy Joe’s, where he played a similar show in 2009.
Rumors of the show began Friday, and once the news was confirmed, fans stood in line all night Sunday. The street in front of the venue was closed by 6 a.m. Monday, and Chesney and his band kicked off the music around 5 p.m.
Eric Church and Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey made guest appearances, with Church performing several songs, including “Springsteen,” “Drink in My Hand” and “Mr. Misunderstood.” Ramsey, who co-wrote Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day,” joined the headliner to perform the hit.
In addition to his own hits, Chesney’s set list included cover versions of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River,” John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good,” Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy,” George Strait’s “The Fireman” and “Carried Away,” Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight” and the Eagles’ “Take It Easy.”
“Noise,” the first single from Chesney’s upcoming album, will be released Thursday. His Spread the Love Tour launches on April 23 in Auburn, Alabama, at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium with Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion.