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Review: Kenny Chesney, Eric Church launch 'No Shoes Nation Tour' at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium



All eyes were on Kenny Chesney Saturday night as the country superstar kicked off his 2013 No Shos Nation Tour at Raymond James Stadium. And as always, the superstar delivered a "two-hour-plus attack (that) was especially streamlined, focused, intense," writes Sean Daly.

But many of the 47,492 fans in attendance might think the night belonged to Chesney's top opener, Eric Church. As Sean writes:

I'm telling you right now: Church is about to go from big to, as he might say, world-bleepin'-wide. He crushed his 70-minute set, including a somber rendition of hit Springsteen that featured a gorgeous surprise coda of the Boss' own Born to Run. ...

Church ripped off the life-affirming Drink in My Hand, his North Carolina twang curling around each word like barbed-wire. On A Lot of Boot Left to Fill, his five-piece band shredded so mighty it reached face-melting, Judas Priestly decibels. It was an awesome racket, and yet that quiet, contemplative rendition of Springsteen showed he wasn't just here to set fires.

Click here for Sean's full review of Kenny Chesney and Eric Church. And before the show, Shelley Rossetter checked out the tailgating scene, which started at 10 a.m. Click here for her story.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 17, 2013 12:05am]


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