Everything You Need To Know About Kenny Chesney’s Here And Now Tour Kickoff

On Saturday, April 23, Kenny Chesney will make his long-awaited return to the stage with the official launch of his…


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April 22, 2022

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On Saturday, April 23, Kenny Chesney will make his long-awaited return to the stage with the official launch of his Here And Now Tour 2022 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The show, which is completely sold out, will feature his signature energy-filled performance and a 26-song set list.

With two years of postponements due to the global health crisis, Chesney’s Here And Now Tour will be one for the books as fans have been anticipating the tour since tickets first went on sale over 930 days ago.

As No Shoes Nation, Chesney’s dedicated fan base, counts down the hours until the curtain drops on what’s sure to be the hottest tour of the summer, here’s a list of everything fans should know about opening night of the tour.

Parking Lot Times

South Parking Lots open at 10:00 AM

North Parking Lots open at 2:00 PM

Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year Carly Pearce, five-time ACM and four-time CMA Group Old Dominion and three-time GRAMMY Duo/Group winners

Set Times

Doors Open At 4:00 PM

CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Carly Pearce will kick off the show promptly at 5 PM. Following Pearce, five-time ACM Group Of The Year and three-time GRAMMY Duo/Group winners Old Dominion will take the stage at 5:45 PM and Dan + Shay at 7:05 PM. 

Eight-time Entertainer Of The Year Kenny Chesney’s headlining set will begin at 8:50 PM.

Kenny Chesney; Photo Credit Rick Diamond
Kenny Chesney; Photo Credit Rick Diamond


Tickets are only accessible to scan via your mobile device. No screenshots will be permitted.

Raymond James Stadium recommends that you add your mobile tickets to your Apple Wallet or Google Play prior to arriving at the gates for entry.

Bag Policy

There is a strict no-bag policy in effect for all events at Raymond James Stadium. Guests and attendees are only allowed to bring in one clutch purse no larger than 4.5” by 6.5”. No other bags are allowed.

All other bags must be left in your vehicle or taken to the storage lockers available for rent on Tom McEwen Blvd., South of Gate C.

No Heath Protocols But CDC Guidelines Will Be Followed

No proof of vaccination or negative test is required for entry at this show, however, all CDC guidelines will be followed. While it’s not expected to change, these policies are subject to change.

Below are a few fun facts about the opening night of the Here And Now 2022 Tour.

Marks His First Full Concert & Tour Since 2019

Chesney’s last full concert took place during the Bayou Country Music Fest on May 25, 2019, and his last tour was his Songs for the Saints Amphitheatre Tour, which wrapped up on May 24, 2019, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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His Sixth Time Performing At Raymond James Stadium

The opening night of the Here And Now 2022 Tour marks Chesney sixth time performing at the stadium, which is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He previously opened the stadium portion of his tours at Raymond James Stadium in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018.

Chesney’s Set List Will Include 26-Songs

The East Tennessee native has prepared a 26-song set list for his electrifying concert. However, Chesney is known to live in the moment and often add songs into his set list.

“Some of these people, the ones who make No Shoes Nation what it is, they remind you how much of their life exists in these songs” Chesney shared. ”You know, you look out, see someone singing and you can almost get lost – because you can just tell: this isn’t a song, this is something that’s personal, that’s marked their life. To be able to share that again, well, that’s why every single one of us standing on that stage does this…”

Kenny Chesney; Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT

He Will Perform Songs From His New Album For The First Time Ever

Chesney will perform fan-favorite songs and singles from his 2020 album, Here And Now, for the first-time ever, including a reworked version of his chart-topping hit, “Knowing You.”

“We’ve worked up a pretty cool version of ‘Knowing You’,” he revealed. “As much as this show is built on high energy, rock hard, have fun vibes, there’s a feeling to ‘Knowing You’ that’s going to make every football stadium in America feel like that place you go with your most special memories, wherever that is.”

The Blue Chair Bay Tour Bus Is Going Along for the Ride

Kenny Chesney’s Blue Chair Bay Rum is hitting the road on a bus tour in support of the Here and Now 2022 Tour. The tour bus on site will serve up samples and special photo ops in various cities around the U.S. Click HERE for the full schedule. 

The tour will be fueled by MARATHON.

Kenny Chesney; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Two New Band Members Will Make Their Debut On Stage with Chesney

The eight-time Entertainer of the Year welcomed Keith Urban multi-instrumentalist Danny Rader on guitar and Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit drummer Nick Buda to his touring band ahead of the tour. 

The Here And Now Tour Will Feature Top Notch Production

The stadium shows will feature a massive, 220-foot wide stage that ascends almost three stories into the air being built. The concert will feature 126 LED Robe Forte light fixtures and 60 JDC1 strips on the floor for footlights. 

“There’s a very special thing that happens when we hit that stage, a rush that is absolutely indescribable, and I didn’t quite have that today, but my heart sure pumped when I saw it,” Chesney said.

Additional details about the Here And Now Tour can be found HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.