Kenny Chesney to break from touring in 2010

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Country superstar Kenny Chesney has been living in fast forward the past couple of years, touring North American as the biggest ticket seller this decade. And now after performing for a million fans every year since 2004, he needs to rewind real slow – or at least temporarily.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, country superstar Kenny Chesney announced that he will not tour in 2010. Chesney has been the a monster at the box office and is the reigning 4-time Country Music Association’ Entertainer of the Year. However, citing burnout and the need to spend time with family and friends, he will not undergo a stadium tour next summer.

“I’m not quitting,” he said in the interview. “It’s just a short pause. It would be easy to keep doing it, because it’s fun, and the fans are unbelievable. But I don’t know — then you realize that at some point you’re missing a part of your life. My life has been a lot about parking lots. I need to recharge creatively, and get off the clock of having to be somewhere just because, and having to keep juggling all these things. And people needing answers. I just felt like this year it finally hit me that I need to get reconnected with my family. I wanna do some things that I’ve never gotten to do, like see other parts of the world, write some more songs.”

Chesney also insisted that a break was needed for him to continue to grow as an artist. “I know deep down in my heart of hearts that for me to keep giving like I have to what this has grown into, and more importantly, to give the fans what they deserve every night, I’ve got to step away from it for a second,” he explained.

The Tennessee native will not be walking away from music completely. Chesney plans to release a new album next year and left the door open for a some live performances, just not a full summer tour. “I’m not saying that next year I won’t do any shows, he said. “I might. But as far as doing a full-blown tour where my foot is on the gas pedal, that’s not gonna happen for a little while.

How this will affect the annual New England Country Music Festival is unknown at the moment. Chesney has led the daylong festival at Gillette Stadium for the five years after Toby Keith headlined the first festival in 2004.

Chesney’s current tour, Sun City Carnival Tour, is scheduled to end on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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