For Kenny Chesney, his upcoming I Go Back Tour is all about reconnecting with his fans in the cities that helped launch his career. Rather than pack thousands into NFL stadiums once again, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year will return to his roots by visiting the cities and venues where he played on his way up.
With rehearsals for the tour already underway, Chesney faces a predicament that few artists in the country music genre have ever experienced. Having now been a country music staple in parts of four decades (‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s, ‘20s), Chesney’s catalog of hits spans a large timeframe, so building a setlist could be quite the undertaking.
When selecting songs for his live show, which crowd should Chesney cater to? The fans that have been along for the ride since the ‘90s, the ones he picked up somewhere along the way during the ‘00s or ‘10s, or the energetic young crowd that continues to keep artists relevant today? The answer is easy: all of them.
With this being dubbed the I Go Back Tour, this is the perfect opportunity for Chesney to lean into the theme and deliver a show with a career-spanning setlist that takes fans on a journey through his biggest hits.
Although no one asked us, we’ve built the dream setlist for Kenny Chesney’s I Go Back Tour. The songs we’ve selected range from tracks included on Chesney’s 1994 debut project, In My Wildest Dreams, through his latest studio effort, Here and Now.
Chesney may be known for his high-energy shows and beachy anthems, but some of his biggest fan favorites are songs where he vocally shines the most: his ballads. Keeping that in mind, we’ve sprinkled in a few of those throughout the list as well.
Kenny Chesney said it best: “These songs time stamp people’s lives.”
Here’s what we hope his I Go Back Tour setlist will look like:
- The Tin Man (1994)
- Fall In Love (1995)
- Back Where I Come From (1996)
- Me And You (1996)
- She’s Got It All (1997)
- How Forever Feels (1999)
- She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy (1999)
- What I Need To Do (1999)
- Don’t Happen Twice (2000)
- Live Those Songs (2002)
- Young (2003)
- The Good Stuff (2003)
- No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (2003)
- There Goes My Life (2003)
- I Go Back (2004)
- Anything But Mine (2004)
- Keg In The Closet (2004)
- Summertime (2005)
- Don’t Blink (2007)
- Never Wanted Nothing More (2007)
- Out Last Night (2009)
- Somewhere With You (2010)
- Come Over (2012)
- American Kids (2014)
- All The Pretty Girls (2016)
- Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (2018)
- Get Along (2018)
- Knowing You (2020)
Joining Kenny Chesney on his I Go Back Tour is his longtime friend and “Half Of My Hometown” duet partner, Kelsea Ballerini.
“Kelsea understands everything about where I come from, because she’s from there, too,” Chesney previously shared in a statement. “She knows how hard it is to leave, how much you miss all those things that make you who you are… but also how the only way to chase the kind of dream she has is to do just that. It’s a tough call when you love home the way we both do, but for kids like us, there was never really a choice.
“When she texted me to sing on the song she’d written with some of our friends, I said, ‘Let me hear it,’ knowing she knew everything about who I was,” he continued. “As soon as I heard that first verse, I was in. And I have been one of Kelsea’s biggest fans ever since. She’s a writer, a girl who sings from her heart and isn’t afraid to honor where she comes from. To me, there was no other choice for this tour.”
See a full list of tour dates below.
Kenny Chesney I Go Back Tour
23 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
25 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
30 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
1 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
6 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
8 – Wilkes-Barre Township, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
12 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
14 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheater
16 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Tortuga*
25 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
27 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
29 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
4 – Moline, IL – Vibrant Arena at The Mark
6 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
9 – Grand Forks, ND – The Alerus Center
11 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premier Center
13 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
18 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
20 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center
25 – Charleston, SC – Credit One Stadium
27 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf
23 – Endicott, NY – En-Joie Golf Course
22 – Newton, IA – Hy-Vee Indy Race