Kenny Chesney Brings the Noise to Mohegan Sun Arena
Kenny Chesney rocked Mohegan Sun this past Thursday treating fans to a set of rockers, ballads, and fun.
It was announced earlier in the year that Kenny Chesney would be taking 2017 to relax and chill out a bit. “But we couldn’t take a full year off,” stated Chesney during last weeks concert. The country star announced a limited tour this year consisting of two dates in Alabama, two at Mohegan Sun in CT, and ending the tour with two dates at Gillette Stadium in MA. Fans won’t be able to expect any new music from him, but what fans can expect is one hell of a rocking show that would please even the most casual country fan.
After an AC/DC intro tape to get the crowd pumped, Kenny and the band took the stage and kicked the night off with “Beer in Mexico” a song that would set up the night pretty well for what fans, both old and new, to expect. Backed by three guitarists, each one had no problem switching seamlessly between solos that would remind you of one of 70’s classic rock solos. You would think you were at a rock show than you were a country show.
Kenny kept the fun going by transporting fans to an island with songs like “Pirate Flag”, “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem”, and “Reality”. Fans could be spotted in the upper section waving their “No Shoes Nation” (the official name of fan following) pirate flags. Chesney leaped and ran around the stage, all smiles and stretching his arms out as if he was trying to hug the entire audience. You won’t find a performer who seemed happier to be on stage.
The mixture of classic rock and Jimmy Buffett kept rolling even as Chesney played the latest single off 2016’s Cosmic Hallelujah “All the Pretty Girls” a song which he’s still learning. “We played this song last week and for some reason I sang the first verse three times” jokes Chesney before starting the song. The song made it’s live debut on 8/4 during one of Chesney’s Alabama shows. “I did it right!” he proclaims after the song, congratulating himself on a job well done.
Chesney played a couple of other selections from Cosmic Hallelujah “Noise” and “Setting the World on Fire”. The former being the singer’s favorite from the album. It also happens to be the singer’s most poignant as well, assisted by a video montage of social media, suggestive women, drugs, war, etc. The song reminds us to check out from all the noise and live in the moment. The latter song (which features the vocal talents of P!nk on the album) saw bassist Harmoni Kelley take lead and absolutely make the song hers while Kenny took the background and let her have the stage.
The show continued on with more crowd pleasers and stunning guitar solos. Kenny whipped out the acoustic for fan favorites “American Kids”, “How Forever Feels”, and his classic hit “You and Tequila”. After some slow acoustics Kenny brought the energy back with fun country rockers “Big Star”, “Out Last Night” and concluded the night with his first hit “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” a song that not only brings the smiles but also sing alongs.
Kenny Chesney proved in his (somewhat) year off he still manages to find time for his fans and always deliver a performance of 110. Even if you’re the casualest of Kenny Chesney fans you won’t be disappointed from his performance. He’ll leave your ears ringing and your heart singing.
Kenny has two more shows left this year at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA and also will be releasing a live album, Live from No Shoes Nation, this October. The album is a 30 track live experience spanning across 10 years of touring. The album features guests ranging from Eric Church to Zac Brown to Dave Matthews.