Kenny Launches Summer Tour With Plenty o’ Sports Stars

And on the tour’s second night, Zac Brown surprises Atlanta crowd by singing one with the headliner.

Fans in Tampa, Fla., got their money's worth Saturday (June 2) at the kickoff to the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw Brothers of the Sun Tour. Kenny played for more than two hours and Tim did nearly that in front of almost 50,000 fans.

And those fans included at least one guy in a gorilla suit, according to Kenny's website.

Also in the house: star NFL tight end Dallas Clark, just acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who joined Kenny onstage for a set-ending "Boys of Fall."

And sports fan Kenny had an all-sports posse with him backstage: NFL coach Jon Gruden, famous college coach and former NFL player Steve Spurrier, ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit and veteran NBA announcer Dick Vitale. Yeah, baby!

At times Kenny seemed above it all—especially when he zip-lined over the crowd.

The local reviewer gushed:

"The guy can throw a bash. With his sleeves cut off and his guns bronzed, he was lifted from a small stage in the center of the crowd and kicked into 'Beer in Mexico.' 'It's been a long winter, Tampa,' he hollered, then hopped into that zipline rig and floated above the crowd."

Together, Kenny and Tim did new hit "Feel Like a Rock Star" as well as "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," "Indian Outlaw" and "Refried Dreams."

Then, Tim, Kenny and openers Grace Potter and Jake Owen all gathered for a cover of Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty."

Kenny kept up the sports theme on the tour's second night, Sunday (June 3) in Atlanta, the country star's first-ever visit to the Georgia Dome. He delighted fans there by bringing up Falcons coach Mike Smith.

And the Georgia fans went even nuttier when another hometown boy, Zac Brown, joined Kenny onstage, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Zac and Kenny did “Knee Deep” and Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight.”

 

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