It was just confirmed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that country superstar Kenny Chesney will not be touring next year. Rather than putting on a massive summer tour for 2014, Chesney will be focusing on his music.
“I love touring more than anyone in the world,” Chesney tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I love the band, the crew, the whole team — and it’s weird to not be looking at next year’s stage design, but I shouldn’t make albums to service the tour. So I’m going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer.”
Chesney continues, “We have so much fun out there … with the fans, the other bands … It’s summer camp with guitars and a great sound system. And when we hit that stage every night, and hear the crowd, that’s the best drug in the world. How you take a year off from that is hard; but music is the reason I do all of it, so right now, when I’m coming off an album that took me places I didn’t know I was gonna go, I think that’s what I should be exploring.”
“You get to a point when you’ve made a lot of albums and you need to challenge yourself, to really make the record the focus, to ask yourself what you want to say … and not just cut songs because they fit what people expect,” he says. “It’s a lot harder to find those songs than you’d think, and writing takes time — to think, to live, to be.”
Read the full article from The Hollywood Reporter HERE.
Kenny is currently rockin’ this summer on his No Shoes Nation Tour which is set to wrap up on August 24th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. For a list of remaining tour dates visit his official website at www.KennyChesney.com.