Kenny Chesney interacts with the crowd at LP Field during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville on June 14, 2009.
Photo Credit: Ed Rode
Kenny Chesney hasn't made a tour stop in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area since May of 2007.
Looks like Chesney fans will have to wait it out another year.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chesney says he doesn't plan to tour in 2010 and instead focus on "reconnecting" with family members. He also plans to use this hiatus to recharge creatively. However, Chesney didn't rule out the possibility of playing a few intimate shows in support of his new album which is set to be released next spring.
While some fans will surely be saddened by a summer without their Kenny Chesney fix, it may actually be a good thing. People will now have the opportunity to check out other high profile touring acts such as Keith Urban, Sugarland, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift. This also opens up the playing field for the entertainer of the year award at the ACM's and CMA's. Chesney has won this award multiple times in the last few years and will no doubt leave a highly sought after vacancy. Fans won't be the only ones missing out, artists who need more recognition won't have the chance to become opening acts for Chesney. (Opening acts in recent years have included Urban, Sugarland and Swift).
The Twin Cities' area is lucky enough to have both the Xcel Energy Center and Target Center for hosting country concerts and next summer will no doubt bring a new and exciting group of country artists waiting to fill Chesney's void.