Over the last 5 years I have found myself at more Kenny Chesney shows than I can count. It was mostly to see Old Dominion open, but who doesn’t have the time of their life during Kenny’s set, no matter the reason you’re there? This summer was going to be no different.
So far, only half of the Chillaxification Stadium Tour has been postponed without much information. However, Old Dominion and many other artists have already cancelled all of their shows through the end of the year. I only mention this, because it doesn’t give me much hope for the reality of stadium shows happening if amphitheater shows are cancelling.
But even if we don’t have shows, at least we still have new music coming out to us, and Kenny’s new Here and Now album has a song for every single mood.
As I was listening to the album, one of the most upbeat songs made me the most sad. “Heartbreakers” is a high energy song about wondering what happened to those people who were the best of the best back in the day. Kind of like wondering if the cheerleading captain peaked after high school or if that one night stand in Panama City on spring break is still as hot as you thought she was, kind of this thing.
At its core, the song is about reminiscing back on those fun, wild times. And just listening to this song, my mind was immediately flooded with memories of Kenny shows over the last several years. I have no doubt this song would rock a stadium just as hard as “American Kids” or “Big Star,” which are setlist staples.
This song makes me miss concerts, obviously. It makes me miss my friends. It makes me miss meeting new people at shows. It makes me miss screaming lyrics at the top of my lungs. It makes me miss being absolutely carefree in a sea full of people all with the same goal of having the best time possible. It makes me miss buying $25 beers. It even makes me miss looking at my credit card charges very questionably the next day after too many of those $25 beers. I miss everything that Kenny Chesney gives us during his stadium show.
I guess the one good thing that this song does is remind us how much fun we have had at his shows over the years, but also gives us something to look forward to.
I can’t wait until the day when we can all come together again to sing, dance, drink, and have the time of our lives.