Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation Tour
with Special Guest Eric Church
featuring Kacey Musgraves and the Eli Young Band
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
June 8, 2013
Due to the hassle, we were only able to catch a few songs from Kacey Musgraves. I have loved her music since the release of Same Trailer, Different Park. She brings a new sense of music that is equal parts gritty, racy, and real, with a touch of sexy. She sounded excellent live as well. Her songs “Follow Your Arrow” and “Merry Go Round” are perfect examples of how much different she is than the regular pop country female singers out there. She touches on topics that are out of the normal comfort zones, but does so with such ease. I look forward to seeing a full set from her in the future, as she will undoubtedly have a huge career.
Up next was the Eli Young Band. I’ve seen them live a few times now and while they never bring much flash or excitement to the stage, they are a very talented group. They did well picking their setlist as they had most of the Stadium engaged. Songs such as “Always The Love Songs” and their set ending “Crazy Girl” were full on sing-a-longs. But, the highlight of their set was the combination of “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly”. The song mash-up flowed perfectly and had everyone out of their seats. Their Lynyrd Skynyrd cover of “Gimme Three Steps” seemed a bit forced, but overall the Eli Young Band was solid.
By 7:00 p.m., the Stadium became a capacity crowd and the energy jumped to its maximum level. Smoke filled the stage and country music’s newest star and rebel, Eric Church, appeared on the stage to the infectious “Creepin'”. What followed was a bombastic set that showcased exactly why Eric Church is one of the biggest names in the country music genre right now.
He is a one of a kind performer, who delivers with such passion and extreme feeling. He sings into the microphone with reserved spirit and follows it up with fist pumps and chest slams as he has the crowd in the absolute palm of his hand. For most of his set he kept things up beat. He had everyone partying along with him to “Drink In My Hand”, “Keep On” and “Smoke a Little Smoke”. Yet, surprisingly, it was the two times that he slowed things down a bit, that he shined brightest.
At one point, he sang a free flowing, acoustic version of his newest single, “Like Jesus Does” and followed it up with a one of a kind love ballad, “Love Your Love the Most”. The two songs paired up perfectly into what was otherwise an energetic and aggressive set. He threw in a little of Hank Jr.’s “Country Boy Can Survive” before “Homeboy” and came out to an encore with a cowboy boot in his hand as he projected “These Boots” to the Philly crowd.
However, it was his final song, that showcased Eric Church’s star power most as he delivered a spirited version of his biggest single to date, “Springsteen”. The ten minute version he performed a snippet of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” in the middle of it. He told the crowd how he wanted the song and that night to connect a melody to a memory. No disrespect to the great Kenny Chesney, but this song was easiest the biggest highlight of the entire night. The ohh ohh ohho’s from the tens of thousands of fans sung in unison was truly epic.
By the time Kenny Chesney hit the stage, the sky was black and the stage was fully illuminated with multiple screens and laser light show that rivals any act in music. Instead of his usual entrance of flying in on some sort of swing or trapeze, he simply walked on stage and immediately ripped in “Feel Like a Rockstar”. Kenny Chesney has been recently dubbed the “King of the Road” and it’s very easy to see why. He draws crowds like only a few acts in music can. His ticket sales over the past few years have outnumbered Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, U2, Paul McCartney and anyone else you want to bring up. It truly is an amazing feat.
And it’s no wonder. He packs in hit after hit in his setlist which touch upon the free thinking, islandy feel that fits into a summer stadium show perfectly. Whether it be “Anything But Mine”, “I Go Back”, “Summertime”, or “Beer in Mexico”, each song is performed with masterful execution backed by a stadium full of fans who know each and every word to the summer anthems.
He performed “Pirate Flag” and sped it up to an added flavor of hip-hop and got his reggae on to “Everyone Wants to Go To Heaven”. He had the women squirming to “Come Over” and “You & Tequila”. And he even brought a dozen or so Philadelphia Eagles on stage during “Boys of Fall”. A true showman who knows how to up the ante on each song. Kenny is hardly every stationary as he runs, jumps, and flies around the large catwalk that extends out into the crowd. It really is a sight to behold.
And one thing that Kenny always seems to do is collaborate with the other artists he brings on tour with him. That night was no exception as Eric Church took to the stage as their shared verses on the newest single off Life on a Rock, “When I See This Bar”. Kenny and Eric were all smiles as they went back and forth on what’s sure to be yet another smash hit. It’s always fun for the fans to see two stars collaborate and, at the same time, seem like they are truly enjoying it. (See video below)
All in all, it was what I have come to expect from a Kenny Chesney set. There were far less surprises than in years past and I would have loved for Kacey Musgraves to come out and sing with Kenny. But alas, I hope that he continues to do this large stadium tours for years to come because his shows bring about such a feel nostalgia. I do not know what my summer concert series would be without a Kenny Chesney show.
- Feels Like a Rockstar
- Beer in Mexico
- Pirate Flag
- No Shirts, No Shoes, No Problem
- Somewhere With You
- I Go Back
- You & Tequila
- Living in Fast Forward
- How Forever Feels
- Everybody Wants to Go To Heaven
- Big Star
- Come Over
- Never Wanted Nothing More
- Anything But Mine
- When I See This Bar (with Eric Church)
- Out Last Night
- Boys of Fall (with the Philadelphia Eagles)
- She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy (Encore)
- How Bout You
- Over When It’s Over
- I’m Gettin’ Stoned
- Keep On
- Jack Daniels
- Living Part of Life
- Like Jesus Does
- Love Your Love the Most
- Drink In My Hand
- Guys Like Me
- Lotta Boot Left to Fill
- Country Boy Can Survive (Hank Williams Jr. Cover)
- Smoke a Little Smoke
- These Boots (Encore)
- Springsteen (Encore with Snippet of Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run)