This is your daily ‘aww’ moment. On Saturday (August 15), Kenny Chesney played another show on his ‘Big Revival’ tour, this time at East Rutherford, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. Having sold 58,642 tickets, Chesney broke the record for the highest selling country artist of all the time in the state of New Jersey, so spirits were already high when they went out to play the show.
What Chesney didn’t anticipate, however, was the enthusiastic and inspiring fan who caught his attention. During a performance of ‘I Go Back’, he high-fived a woman in the audience who asked to be brought on stage. He obliged, pulling the young woman, who has Down’s Syndrome, up next to him before giving her a hug. However, the exchange was not over, and the woman asked if she could say something into the microphone. Again, Chesney let her, and she turned to the huge crowd with no fear. “I just want to let you know… Kenny Chesney is my true love. He inspires me, and right now, I want to kiss him on the lips. Do you want to see it?” He laughed, looking distinctly awkward as he took the microphone back and joked, “Let me wipe the sweat off!” He paused before addressing the crowd, “It takes a lot to embarrass me, I will admit, but that did it!” Chesney then turned to the woman and gave her a big kiss on the lips, leading to enthuasitic woops from the crowd.
However, the fan was not done with her time in the spotlight. She asked for the mic again, saying, “His music got me through the toughest times. His music inspired me when I was 15 years old and I got abused. The reason why I want to be on the stage was because my grandfather’s dream was to see me up here, to sing with Kenny.” Overcome with gratitude at this woman telling her story, Kenny embraced her and gave her a long hug.
She still continued, “Do you want to see me sing more with Kenny Chesney? Because I’ve been doing it for 24 years,” she said. Chesney hugged her again and took the microphone to say, “That’s why we write songs, right there!” He then invited her up to stand beside him while he sang his hit ‘Wild Child’.
Luckily fans were videoing the event, and clips started cropping up yesterday (August 17). You can see the verbal exchange above, while the performance of ‘Wild Child’ is here. Kenny Chesney is currently promoting his single ‘Save It For A Rainy Day’ to country radio, while he’s out on the road breaking records and entertaining fans night after night. He recently sold 54,674 tickets at Denver’s Sports Authority Stadium, and 57,368 tickets at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, beating Pink Floyd’s 21-year record. Seems like even though his career is going to new heights, however, he still has time for those fans whose lives he has positively impacted with his music. Props to you, Kenny.