Kenny Chesney returns to Wells Fargo Arena
Has it really only been two years since Kenny Chesney played Des Moines? That's barely enough time for a post-Chesney show hangover to clear. Thursday he's back with his "The Big Revival" tour, a slightly scaled down show following an arena tour. Here's a look at some Chesney basics.
The next Jimmy Buffett
Kenny Chesney is the heir apparent to party music king Jimmy Buffett. The duo recorded a cover of Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin'" on Buffett's 2004 duets album "License to Chill" and Chesney recorded Buffett's "Come Monday" that same year as an extra track for "When the Sun Goes Down."
But beyond connections like that, Chesney seems to be Buffett's spiritual successor. There are the drinking songs, like "Beer in Mexico," "You and Tequila," "Keg in the Closet," "Drink It Up" and many others. There are also the easy-going lifestyle songs like "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" and "When the Sun Goes Down." He even embraces pirate imagery like Buffett does with his song "Pirate Flag."
Also, try to find a press photo of either singer that isn't on a beach, boat, dock, wharf or pier. It's pretty much impossible.
Beer consumption at the show
Cinco de Mayo was earlier this week, but that doesn't mean it's time to put away the Coronas. The Mexican beer maker is sponsoring Chesney's "The Big Revival" tour.
If all 13,000 fans (expected attendance at Thursday's show) drank one 16 ounce Corona (as if just one is likely), that works out to 2,048 gallons of the pale lager. That would fill about half of a backyard swimming pool. Maybe that sounds less impressive, but it's still a lot of beer.
At $7 a beer, that's $91,000 in sales from one show.
Chesney has recorded 16 albums from his 1994 debut, "In My Wildest Dreams," to his latest, 2014's "The Big Revival." Nine of those albums have gone platinum, with "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" and "When the Sun Goes Down" both going quadruple platinum and "The Road and the Radio" going triple platinum. Seven of those albums have topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums charts, 10 of them have topped the Billboard Country charts.
Playing the hits
Chesney has more than 37 top 10 hits, including 22 songs that hit No. 1. The singer has regularly been performing around 25 songs on his "The Big Revival" tour, but even with that many songs he can't play all his hits.
Recent setlists have included songs like "The Boys of Fall," "When The Sun Goes Down," "Young," "Old Blue Chair" and "I Go Back."
Chesney routinely closes the show out with his breakthrough hit, "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy." Despite the song's popularity, it never hit the top 10, peaking at No. 11 on the country charts.
Playing (someone else's) hits
When Chesney last played at Wells Fargo Arena in 2013, he worked David Allan Coe's "When the Sun Goes Down" into his set. In 2011 he worked Coe's "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" into the show. Should fans expect a Coe hat trick on Thursday?
Probably not. Lately Chesney has been performing AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie" during his shows.
Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St.