Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour 2018
by Molly Pass
May 5th, 2018 was definitely a day to celebrate. It was Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, but most importantly, it was Kenny Chesney concert day. Chesney brought his 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour to Minneapolis, MN for his first show at the new U.S. Bank Stadium. There were pre-parties everywhere you looked nearby the stadium and everyone was ready to have a good night of country music.
Brandon Lay started the night off with a few of his songs which included crowd favorite, ‘Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers,’ ‘Yada Yada Yada,’ and ‘Wilder Horses.’ He gave a special shout out to the United Heroes League and ended his time on stage with ‘Still Rock ‘n’ Roll.’
Old Dominion was up next to the stage, and they played all of their hits from their two albums. They started out with ‘Song for Another Time’ and ended their time on stage with ‘Snapback.’ Some of the other favorites were ‘Written in the Sand,’ ‘Hotel Key,’ ‘No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,’ and ‘Break Up With Him.’ We even got to hear one of their newly recorded songs, ‘Make It Sweet’ which we can’t wait for it to be released.
As the stadium continued to fill up with fans, Thomas Rhett came out to the stage and put on a great show. He did not disappoint with his nonstop country hits, on fire dance moves and his appreciation toward his fans after every song. We got to hear songs from all of his albums in his time on stage. From his Tangled Up album, he played ‘Crash and Burn,’ ‘Die a Happy Man,’ ‘Vacation’ and ‘T-Shirt.’ He chose to play ‘Craving You,’ ‘Unforgettable,’ ‘Sixteen’ and album-title, ‘Life Changes’ from his Life Changes album. Throwing it back to his first album, It Goes Like This, he played ‘Get Me Some of That,’ and ‘Make Me Wanna.’ After hearing all of his classics, Thomas Rhett brought to that stage a woman wearing a Route 91 Survivor shirt where he honored her for her bravery and strength. These moments really make it known that all country fans are tied together through music.
About 9 o’clock, it was the time everyone was waiting for, Kenny Time! He took to the stage singing ‘Beer in Mexico,’ and he made a comment that he could tell by the end of the introduction music that Minneapolis was filled with energy and was ready for a good time tonight. He honored Minnesota for hitting the highest temperature of the year by singing ‘Summertime.’
With over a dozen recorded albums, his choices in songs is vast, but we think he played the perfect combination of songs that best represented his musical success. His songs ranged from ‘American Kids,’ ‘All the Pretty Girls,’ ‘Somewhere With You,’ ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem,’ and the list goes on. He also played his most recent released song, ‘Get Along’ which encourages people to take joy in the simple pleasures in life. After about a minute or two of screaming, Kenny Chesney’s encore song was ‘She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy’ where he signed a few items and gave them away to fans.
Kenny Chesney was not alone on stage tonight as he brought 3 different guests up to join him. First up, he brought Matthew Ramsey and Brad Tursi, 2 members of Old Dominion, to the stage to help him sing ‘Save it for a Rainy Day’ which they both wrote. The next guest appearance was David Lee Murphy. Him and Kenny sang their song, ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ and then sang a duet of Murphy’s song, Dust on the Bottle.’ The last guest of the night was Minnesota Vikings Head Coach, Mike Zimmer, who came to the stage to help Chesney wrap up the concert by helping lead the Skol Chant. Even during country concerts, the U.S. Bank still bleeds purple.
With the U.S. Bank Stadium being so new and being a recent addition to Minnesota’s concert venues, there are still some improvements to be made to enhance the concert experience. Some suggestions from the crowd would be to continue to improve the sound system and speaker placements. The sound varied depending on the seats you were sitting in. Another improvement would be to be better prepared for high volume crowds at the bars and food vendors. There were times where lines would last 20 minutes and some food products ran out frequently. We are sure that with each concert, the experience will keep getting better and better for concert goers.
Overall, Kenny Chesney, with the help of his openers, Brandon Lay, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett, put on a concert we will never forget. The energy in that stadium was off the charts and I’ve never heard so many fans sing back the lyrics to so many of the songs. If you haven’t yet been to a Kenny Chesney concert, I would add it to your bucket list as it is an experience you’ll want to have for yourself.