Kenny Chesney Shatters Record With Historic NJ/NYC Area Show

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Kenny Chesney was crowned New York and New Jersey's king of country last Saturday night, performing the biggest ticketed country show in New York/New Jersey history. Kenney topped the area's previous record holder, Willie Nelson's 1983 festival with Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Linda Ronstadt.

Fans were treated to a musical tour de force by Chesney, who Billboard said "was visibly enjoying each moment." The superstar captivated the audience with stand-out versions of hits like "Beer in Mexico," current single "You and Tequila," and "There Goes My Life," which Chesney sang backed only by piano.
During the free-for-all encore, Chesney dished out an an electrifying dose of covers - including Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds," Tom Petty's "Runnin' Down a Dream" and Steve Miller Band's "The Joker" - that whipped fans into one final frenzy with help from Zac Brown Band. New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan set off a thunderous explosion of cheers as they joined Chesney onstage in the night's final moments.
The show, which the Newark Star-Ledger professed "was the culmination of decades of hard work" by Chesney, was one of a dozen stadium dates on the 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's 'Goin' Coastal Tour,' the #1 grossing country tour of 2011 according to Pollstar.