Saturday night’s sold-out ‘Brothers of the Sun’ show, with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, at NJ’s MetLife Stadium set the record as the largest ticketed country event in NYC/NJ history, with 56,285 tickets sold. The concert broke the record Chesney set last year with his sold-out ‘Goin’ Coastal’ date on August 13, 2011. Not only is the ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour the biggest tour of 2012 according to Pollstar, but this week it broke the million ticket mark and became the 9th time in 10 years that Chesney’s touring resulted in ticket sales of one million or more.
“The excitement and buzz for this show was through the roof since the day it was announced,” said Interim MetLife Stadium President Ron VanDeVeen. “We couldn’t imagine how last year’s ‘Goin’ Coastal’ show could be topped, but this truly was the biggest country show we’ve ever seen.”
Opening with the one-two punch of his #1 single “Beer in Mexico” and “Keg in the Closet,” Chesney captivated the audience with a non-stop performance that featured a guest appearance from Grace Potter on “You & Tequila,” which Chesney said has grown into one of his favorite songs, and his current single “Come Over,” which is #1 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart for the second consecutive week. Chesney conveyed his gratitude to the history-making crowd throughout the show, saying how much he had missed NYC and speaking about the commonality between people from all areas.
“I want to thank you for having us back, and thank you for letting us be a part of your summer,” Chesney told the crowd. “After tonight we only have four shows left, and we’re gonna take this night with us all winter.”
With the NFL season just weeks away, Chesney acknowledged the area’s deep pigskin divide by holding up a Giants helmet in one hand and a Jets helmet in the other before presenting them to two awe-struck fans pulled onstage from the pit. After a joint encore with Chesney and McGraw that featured all acts joining in on Jackson’s Browne’s “Running on Empty,” everyone in the stadium, whether Jets or Giants fans, left having witnessed a piece of NJ/ NY history.