Kenny Chesney is playing the "catch me while you can" game this year.
The country superstar has two more weekends left of his summer No Shoes Nation Tour, and he's talking about taking some time off the road in 2014. Chesney recently told the Hollywood Reporter that, "I love touring more than anyone in the world . . . It's weird to not be looking at next year's stage design, but I shouldn't make albums to service the tour. So I'm going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer."
Of course, Chesney is still filling mostly football stadiums around the country, and the No Shoes Nation Tour actually is supporting a new album, "Life On a Rock," which came out in April, so it's hard to say exactly what he hopes to accomplish by being off the road for a year. "Life on a Rock" debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums charts, launching the Top 10 single "Pirate Flag." The album's second single, "When I See This Bar," is currently climbing the charts.
But Chesney may well be due for a break; he's has been on the road every year since 2001, and his summer shows have won the Billboard Touring Award for Top Package Tour between 2005-2009 and in 2011 -- selling out all six of his previous appearances at Detroit's Ford Field. This year also marks his 20th anniversary as a touring act.
Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, the Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves perform at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Ford Field, 2000 Brush St., Detroit. Tickets are $35.50-$129.50. Call 313-262-2013 or visit www.detroitlions.com.
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