Allister AnnKenny Chesney recently wrapped his final rehearsal for his 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour, which gets underway April 21 in Tampa, FL. The production is unlike anything his fans have seen from him, with a state-of-the-art sound system and a three-story video wall.
“The idea is nobody who comes to the show should ever think about what it takes to make this happen,” Kenny says. “But we’ve been having tech rehearsals separate from band rehearsals, building video for the screens, streamlining the production in ways that create less of an environmental footprint while still having a show that rocks . . . For us, it was really about people being able to hear the words, because these songs are important to them — and they deserve that.”
Kenny’s tour promises to be a memorable one. The production includes:
- 360,000-pound stage
- Video wall that stretches 48 feet wide and almost 36 feet high
- 404 lighting fixtures, some holding 72 LED flares
- 60,000-80,000 square feet of flooring
- 19 buses, 28 trucks and 133 people out on the road
- Enough speakers to produce 110 decibels of sound, enough to reach seats in the back of each stadium
“We just did our last rehearsal. We’ve got some new songs, old songs people haven’t heard — and a whole lot of the songs everybody comes for,” Kenny adds. “There’s nothing like the sound of the No Shoes Nation when they’re on fire and I can’t wait for Tampa.”
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