It looks like the third time will be the charm for Kenny Chesney’s twice-postponed Here and Now Tour, and his first stop will be Raymond James Stadium in Tampa next April.
The country superstar, who was last scheduled to be in Tampa in May before the tour was postponed a second time, on Thursday announced new 2022 dates for the stadium tour. Tickets are $31-$485 at ticketmaster.com for the 5 p.m. show April 23.
All current ticketholders can keep the seats previously purchased, or refunds are available from the primary ticket source for the next 30 days.
Chesney always brings a strong lineup on his stadium tours. A news release said supporting acts will be announced in the coming months. Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion and Michael Franti and Spearhead were on the bill for the canceled tour.
“With every city, county and state having their own protocols, with capacity numbers shifting every day, I didn’t want to announce until we knew we could come full on strong ... and without a care in the world,” Chesney said in the tour announcement. “I always want to be that place where you can let go, feel safe and have the time of the summer.”
The “king of the road” said he never expected to wait this long.
“When we hit pause on our 2020 tour, I never thought we would go much past the fall, let alone into 2021,” Chesney said. “The idea that it would be three years before I would stand in the end zone of Gillette Stadium, where No Shoes Nation was born, wasn’t something any of us could conceive.”