Sunday, July 09, 2006

Tennessean Review: Chesney & Friends Draw 47,000+

Chesney, pals show why he’s biggest game in town:

More than 47,000 pack LP Field for supersized show

“There are going to be some people there that have a ‘Prove it to me again’ mentality, like ‘Why you?’ That’s always been there for me in Nashville. All they’ve got to do is walk around the parking lots and see why me: It’s people having a blast.” -- Kenny Chesney

More Nashville Tennessean photos:
Dierks Bentley at LP Field
Little Big Town at LP Field
Big & Rich at LP Field
Gretchen Wilson at LP Field
Kenny Chesney at LP Field

The LP Field lots were filled with tailgaters, and by 2 p.m. — seven hours before Chesney was to take the stage — the scene before Chesney’s The Road & The Radio tour looked more like an autumn football Saturday than a country music show. Grills, banners and adult beverages abounded.

Inside, people were also in full-on party mode. Chesney made his public entrance at 9:15 p.m., rising on a small stage near the back of the stadium floor, wearing a blue, sleeveless T-shirt and singing current single “Summertime.” He was escorted past thousands of fans to the main stage in what looked like a police-enhanced conga line.

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