Chesney & Aldean to team up for Foxboro shows

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After a year off, Kenny Chesney has announced plans to return to the road in 2015. The longtime New England favorite will team up with fellow country superstar Jason Aldean for a special two-night stand at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. Tickets for each of the shows, which range in price from $59.50 to $265, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Brantley Gilbert and Cole Swindell will also perform.

“I’ve been ready to get out there for a long time,” said Chesney in a press release. “Now that we’re announced I’m fired up! This new music brings a new energy to the show, and it’s gonna take what we do to a whole other level.”

“Kenny is the guy everybody in country music looks up to when they think about workin’ hard, building your career out on the road and getting to eventually play stadiums,” added Aldean. “When we first started dipping our toe into that business a few years ago, he’s the guy I would call or text for advice. We have a real friendship. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I’m going to make it easy to follow me every night…he’s gonna have to work for it harder than he ever has before!”

Chesney will be touring in support of his new album, The Big Revival. The singer’s 15th studio effort and follow-up to 2013’s Life on a Rock debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, marking his 13th album to reach the top spot. Co-produced by Chesney and longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, it features hit singles “American Kids” and “Till It’s Gone” (streaming below). Chesney once again enlisted the help of Vermont native Grace Potter, who sings on “Wild Child”, while Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski appear on “Don’t It”.

“The whole point of taking the time to get to a really creative place was to have the room to look at not what we’d done, but where we wanted to go,” said Chesney, who took last year off from touring to focus on recording the new album. “After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.”

Aldean will be touring in support of his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt. The Georgia native’s sixth studio effort and follow-up to 2012’s Night Train debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 after its release last month. Produced by longtime collaborator Michael Knox and recorded with his touring band, it features lead single “Burnin’ It Down”.

“With this new album, it’s definitely the same old me. But, I like to mix things up and try new sounds and go into territory I’ve never explored before, so I do a little bit of that too,” explained Aldean. “That’s why I named the album Old Boots, New Dirt… I’m almost 10 years into this crazy ride, but in a lot of ways, I feel like I’m just gettin’ started.”

Gilbert, who headlined the DCU Center in September, continues to tour in support of his new album Just as I Am. The Singer’s third studio effort and follow-up to 2010’s Halfway to Heaven, debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and atop Billboard’s Country albums chart after its release in May. Produced by Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Hunter Hayes), Gilbert wrote or co-wrote all eleven tracks. It has been powered by hit singles “Bottoms Up” and “Small Town Throwdown” (featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett).

Swindell, who opened for Luke Bryan at Gillette Stadium in August, continues to tour in support of his self-titled debut album. Released in February, the album has been powered by hit singles “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight”.

Chesney has played more shows at Gillette Stadium, which opened in 2002, than any other artist. At his 2012 show in Foxboro, Chesney named his fan base the “No Shoes Nation”. To commemorate the origin of “No Shoes Nation,” the Kraft family, prior to Chesney’s 2013 shows in Foxboro, surprised the star with an in-stadium banner that reads, “Gillette Stadium, Birth Place of No Shoes Nation, Established Aug. 25, 2012.” It hangs near the stadium’s north end zone.

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