Kenny Chesney has added 13 additional stadium dates to his 2008 Poets & Pirates tour, including several shows featuring Keith Urban, it was announced Monday (Jan. 14).
The stadium concerts will take place in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, Detroit, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Columbia, S.C. A previously-announced show at Gillette Stadium near Boston sold out in less than 15 minutes when tickets went on sale in December.
In addition to Urban, those scheduled to appear at selected stadium dates will include Brooks & Dunn, Big & Rich, Sammy Hagar and newcomer Luke Bryan. LeAnn Rimes and Gary Allan will perform on all of the stadium shows.
"We're changing it up to keep it interesting," Chesney said in a press release. "Anyone who's been to one of these shows knows ... the folks sharing the stage with us put out a lot of fire power. We have a big stage, and everybody does their very biggest show. It's pretty exciting to see everybody bringing their biggest game."
Chesney's 2007 tour included stadium concerts in Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle.
"It's amazing to me how much intimacy you can have in a place that big," Chesney said. "But there's something in those big shows you can't get anywhere else -- a whole other kind of energy. You feel those fans all the way to the top, and there's nothing like it. And they come to have a big day with us. You can hear it when they sing 'Back Where I Come From' or 'Anything but Mine.' It's a blast, and I can't wait."
Details regarding ticket sales and specific talent lineups will be announced soon. Additional tour dates, including the possibility of more stadium shows, are also expected in the near future.
Here's a list of stadium shows confirmed so far:
April 26: Columbia, S.C. (Williams Brice Stadium)
May 3: Dallas (Pizza Hut Park)
May 10: Baltimore (M&T Bank Stadium)
May 24: Cleveland (Browns Stadium)
May 31: Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium)
June 8: San Francisco (AT&T Park)
June 14: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Heinz Field)
June 21: Chicago (Soldier Field)
July 5: Nashville (LP Field)
July 13: Atlanta (Turner Field)
July 19: Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field)
July 26: Foxboro, Mass. (Gillette Stadium, sold out)
Aug. 2: Detroit (Ford Field)
Sept. 13: Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Field)