Knoxville: He never dreamed he'd be on the 50 yard line of Neyland
Stadium as a player, but with the announcement of his "Back Where I Come From
Party 3," making June 7, 2003 the first time since Michael Jackson played
there that the University of Tennessee has allowed their hallowed athletic
field to be used for a concert, Kenny Chesney became a little bit more than
just a player. Though calling "BWICF3" a concert is probably putting it
mildly -- as the pride of Luttrell, Tennessee brings 4-time Entertainers of
the Year Brooks & Dunn, platinum vocal trio Rascal Flatts, million-selling
Australian guitar sensation keith urban and Grammy-winning multi-platinum
singer/songwriter Deana Carter with him for an all-day, all-night party and
"When you grow up in East Tennessee, Neyland Stadium is as big a deal to
you as anything in this world," says the man who's sold in excess of 10
million records and whose No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems Tour was the
highest grossing country tour of 2002. "You don't ever dream of anything as
crazy as playing there, except on those nights when you're feeling pretty
crazy and dreaming really big. And then of course, you wake up."
Thought we would give the KCOFC members the press release a little earlier than the actual announcement.
Well, when he wakes up June 7, the dream will be anything but over. In
fact, Chesney's extending the day to everyone in Knoxville with an outdoor
street festival on Neyland Drive, which is being closed down for the show,
that will feature food, drinks, merchandise, ticket upgrades, exhibits from
the sponsors, meet and greets and a second stage that is open to the public
free of charge. Starting at 1 p.m., the Big Orange Ball is the warm-up to
what will be Knoxville's hottest show in years.
With Coach Dickie, UT's Athletic Director, and Coach Fulmer participating
in the press conference, the young man who's notched the hits "Young," "How
Forever Feels," "She's Got It All," "It Don't Happen Twice," "I Lost It,"
"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and Billboard's 2002 Country Single of the
Year "The Good Stuff" talked about how coming home and playing for the
people back where he comes from is one of the most gratifying aspects of what
has been an amazing year.
With his Greatest Hits being certified triple platinum and the now
nearing triple-platinum No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems debuting at #1 on
Billboard's all-genre Top 200 and spending the summer at #1 on their country
chart, the man cited by People as "The Sexiest Country Singer Alive" won
CMT's inaugural fan-voted Flameworthy Awards for Male and Video (CMT's
biggest award) this spring. Having picked up five Academy of Country Music
nominations -- Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album (No Shoes), Single ("The
Good Stuff") and Song ("A Lot of Things Different") -- Chesney will apear at
both awards shows later this spring. But right now, Kenny Chesney has his eye
on the prize that is Neyland Stadium: "For someone where I come from, it
don't get any bigger. It just doesn't."
Tickets for the Back Where I Come From Party 3 are $50 (plus service and
convenience fees where applicable) -- and they go on sale Saturday April 5 at
10 a.m. Tickets are available at all Tickets Unlimited outlets, including
Cats CDs and Cassettes stores, Disc Exchange stores, fye Music stores, Movies
4 Sale stores, Smokies Baseball Stadium, UT Central Ticket Office, Thompson
Boiling Arena and the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Box Office. Tickets may also
be charged by phone at 865-656-4444 or toll free at 877-995-9961. People can
also charge online at www.knoxvilletickets.com (Visa, Mastercard or Discover
only). Please note: most outlets are cash only.
* There will be a regular pre-sale one day prior to ticket sales.
We will be posting the pre-sale information shortly.