Kenny Chesney Promises Setlist ‘Surprises’ On I Go Back Tour

The trek kicks off on Thursday in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 21, 2023


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Kenny Chesney; Photo by Catherine Powell

In just over 48 hours, Kenny Chesney will launch his much-anticipated I Go Back Tour and the superstar says fans are in for a few surprises when the kabuki falls in Charlottesville, Virginia on Thursday evening (March 23). 

Chesney and his touring band have been hard at work at the Steel Mill just north of Nashville, Tenn. where they spent a week putting the finishing touches on the show. 

Reunites With Band And Crew

“It always feels good when we have our road family back together,” Chesney shared of reuniting with his band and crew for the week of rehearsals. “A lot happens over the winter, so we’re catching up. But we’re also figuring out how to put all the pieces together, trying to make it something that’s really special. Obviously, last year’s tour rocked harder than anything we’ve done, which is crazy to me, but I wanted to bring that passion and energy to all these special cities where we don’t get to go very often.”

This year, 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. While the venues may be smaller than the massive NFL stadiums he played last summer, Chesney plans to bring the same energy to the stage each night. 

Kenny Chesney; Photo by Jill Trunnell
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Jill Trunnell

“Getting inside those arenas that we never forgot, playing in some of those cities that were just wild when this started, bringing all the energy we had last year, I can’t imagine how alive it’s gonna be, but I fully intend to find out. The thing about No Shoes Nation I know: they bring us every bit of their heart – so we try to give even more than they do, which is saying something.”

Teases Setlist

Kelsea Ballerini will appear as direct support on all dates of the I Go Back Tour. With his duet partner in tow, and four decades of songs to build a setlist from, this tour promises to be a special one. 

“And there are going to be some real surprises in the setlist,” he teased of his nearly 30-song setlist in a press release. “A couple songs we’ve not played in a long time… the opportunity to sing our Vocal Event ‘half of my hometown’ with Kelsea makes me happy. And a few songs are being left behind. I spent the months off thinking about how we can change things up. I think we’ve got a lot of the songs people want to hear, but we’re adding a couple that nobody sees coming. I can’t wait to see the response.”

The I Go Back Tour kicks off on Thursday, March 23 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. The trek runs through May 27. 

Kenny Chesney; Photo by Catherine Powell
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Catherine Powell

Kenny Chesney I Go Back 2023 Tour:

March 23         Charlottesville, VA                John Paul Jones Arena

March 25     University Park, PA               Bryce Jordan Center

March 30     Wichita, KS                            INTRUST Bank Arena

April 1             Oklahoma City, OK               Paycom Center

April 6             Uncasville, CT                       Mohegan Sun Arena

April 8             Wilkes-Barre Township, PA  Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

April 12           Birmingham, AL                    Legacy Arena at the BJCC

April 14           Jacksonville, FL                     Daily’s Place Amphitheater

April 16       Ft. Lauderdale, FL                 Tortuga Music Festival*

April 22       North Little Rock, AR        Simmons Bank Arena

April 25       Lexington, KY                       Rupp Arena

April 27           Greenville, SC                        Bon Secours Wellness Arena

April 29           Greensboro, NC                     Greensboro Coliseum

May 4              Moline, IL                              Vibrant Arena at The Mark

May 6              Grand Rapids, MI                   Van Andel Arena

May 9              Grand Forks, ND                    Alerus Center

May 11        Sioux Falls, SD                      Denny Sanford Premier Center

May 13            Lincoln, NE                            Pinnacle Bank Arena

May 18        Fort Wayne, IN                      Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

May 20            Evansville, IN                         Ford Center

May 25            Charleston, SC                       Credit One Stadium

May 27        Orange Beach, AL                  The Wharf

June 23            Endicott, NY                          En-Joie Golf Course*

July 22        Des Moines, IA                       Hy-Vee Indy Race*

*festival / one-off show dates

Kenny Chesney’s 2022 Here And Now Tour closed out last year as one of the biggest tours of any genre, landing behind only Bad Bunny, Elton John, Motley Crue/Def Leppard and Harry Styles. He’s the only country artist to land a slot on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 years for the last 14 and ended 2022 by playing to a whopping 1.3 million people. 

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