The biggest weekend of the summer for country music fans in New England is now, officially, on the books and it’s a wrap on this year’s Trip Around the Sun Tour 2018 after 18 nights. We won’t soon forget all the good vibes that Kenny Chesney brought to all of us who were lucky enough to party at Gillette Stadium Friday and Saturday. Here’s some of our favorite moments from night two.
There’s a reason Kenny picked New England, the birthplace of No Shoes Nation, as the place to close out the tour. We’ve got a special connection with the living country legend – but, don’t just take our word for it. “Nowhere in our lives, I will tell you, do we feel this amount of love coming straight at us,” Kenny said. “Honestly, I feel like it’s bigger than all of us.”
Kenny told the crowd that the more love we gave him, the more he was going to give right back to us, and there was nothing but love all night. Like Kenny said, the stadium was filled with a “beautiful energy.”
We kicked off the day early with some of our friends and Kenny’s tourmates. Colton went live with our good friend Brandon Lay outside of CBS Sporting Club, just days after we were hanging out with him at our Kenny Kickoff Party at Scorpion Bar Patriot Place.
Brandon said he gets why Kenny chooses to finish up his tour with us. “It’s a different place and a different type of energy,” he said. Coincidentally, Kenny Chesney was the first show Brandon had ever been to, of any musical genre. Brandon also talked to Colton about his sound and the influences that helped him shape it.
Colton then spent some quality time with Brothers Osborne and went live on Facebook with a crowd of loyal Bull listeners backing him up. The party got started EARLY when the guys broke out the brews. The band dubbed Saturday as the world’s biggest tailgate party – no arguments here.
Brothers Osborne talked about playing a venue the size of Gillette Stadium – a place so large yet, as it starts to fill in with a high-energy crowd, feels more like a club. “It’s been one for the books,” John Osborne said.
The band also talked about how special touring with Kenny is. They said, while some tours just aren’t as fun to be a part of as you might think, Kenny brings it with the hospitality and makes sure everyone has a great time, even after the show is over.
T.J. and John also talked about making their latest album at their producer’s beach house in Florida and the need for more attention on the amazing women of country, particularly the new generation of mega-talented young women coming up through the ranks.
From there, our girl Olivia hit the tailgates to hookup one lucky crew with the experience of a lifetime. As luck would have it, she crashed a bachelorette party and didn’t even know it! They sure didn’t mind, especially after she handed out passes for them to meet Dierks Bentley (swoon).
She then headed inside to send a mother/daughter couple from the nosebleeds to the pit – and it was the daughter’s birthday! What are the chances?!?
We were having so much fun before the show even kicked off, but the show itself was NEXT LEVEL. Dierks Bentley transported us from Foxborough to a sunny beach somewhere and we were totally into it.
…and he wasn’t the only one who wanted to have fun Saturday night during “Am I The Only One” – the crowd was lit:
The man himself took the stage to thunderous applause and set a chill vibe with “I Go Back” before turning things into high gear, just like Brothers Osborne told us he would:
We’ll be going back to this moment in our minds for years to come. It was, truly, a special night.
We had an amazing time with you all and appreciate all the love all the Bull fans showed us over the course of the weekend. We love you all and are so very lucky to have you.
Oh, and one more thing…
Some of you were bummed out at the show because the New England No Shoes Nation t-shirts were sold out. Don’t worry, though, you can still get them online!
Here are the deets: