GAC Goes Behind the Scenes With Country Music Superstar Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney: The Making Of The Flip Flop Summer Tour Special on GAC

Country music superstar Kenny Chesney drew 1.3 million people to his 2006 concert tour, more than any other artist in pop, rock, rap or country music. Now, Great American Country (GAC) opens the door to let Kenny Chesney fans experience all the hard work and preparation that goes into creating a world-class stage show in an exclusive GAC special, Kenny Chesney: The Making Of The Flip Flop Summer Tour. The premiere episode of the two-part series airs on GAC April 21 at 9 p.m. ET, followed on April 28 by Part Two.

GAC cameras follow Chesney as he makes all the decisions necessary to bring to fruition his eagerly anticipated Flip Flop Summer Tour 2007, which opens April 12 in Omaha, Neb. From set design to animation, ticket prices to T-shirts, Chesney is committed to ensuring that this year's tour will once again be the ultimate fan experience. It is that commitment to detail that earned him the reputation as one of the most hands-on artists in country music.

Kenny Chesney Photo Courtesy of BNA Records

"What people don't realize is there's 3-5 months of work that happens before the first note is played," Chesney explains of the preparation that goes into creating a concert experience like his record-breaking tours. "When the fans get there, it's supposed to be smooth, clean and easy...and it is, because we spend a lot of time back home, making sure the smallest things have been thought through. This special gives people a chance to see just how tiny the details we're looking at are."

Chesney -- who played nine major stadiums last year and sold out the NFL stadiums in both Boston and Philadelphia this year in 15 minutes flat -- may be the back-to-back and reigning Academy of Country Music and two-time and current Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, but that doesn't mean he lets anything slide. Indeed, the bigger the show, the more he takes nothing for granted about what happens onstage, keeping a very close watch over every aspect of the planning process, rehearsals and start-up.

"If you want to know the fans are getting more this year than they did last year, you have to know what you've done and what you're doing," Chesney says with simple clarity. "I always want fans to come away going, 'Wow...,’ and I think it's the way all the little things come together -- more than some big explosion or a couple production tricks. I've got a great team of people working with me who get that -- and now everybody who comes to the show can see just how far we go to get where we want them to be."

DAY ONE (April 21, 9 p.m. ET) captures Chesney as he makes creative decisions on stage design, lighting and merchandising, and rehearses his band and songs that will be in this year’s show. GAC cameras also document Chesney as he brings his "Keg in the Closet" pre-tour of college bars in Florida and Alabama.

DAY TWO (April 28, 9 p.m. ET) gets down to brass tacks as Chesney, band and crew head for Omaha for load-in, rehearsals and the official kick-off of the 2007 concert tour.

"Kenny Chesney is both an extraordinary artist and an entrepreneur, who goes to great lengths to give his audience an exceptional concert experience. GAC viewers will get to see the process from start to finish as he oversees the creation of one of the most exciting shows of the year," said Sarah Trahern, senior vice president of programming for Great American Country.

Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of BNA Records

Complete air scheduled for Kenny Chesney: The Making Of The Flip Flop Summer Tour (all times ET)

DAY ONE:
Premiere: April 21 (9 p.m.)

Re-air: April 22 (1 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.); April 24 (8 p.m. and Midnight)

DAY TWO:
Premiere: April 28 (9 p.m.)

Re-air: April 29 (1 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.); May 1 (8 p.m. and Midnight)

KENNY CHESNEY'S FLIP FLOP SUMMER TOUR 2007

  • Thursday, April 12 Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
  • Friday, April 13 Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
  • Saturday, April 14 Fargodome, Fargo, ND
  • Thursday, April 19 Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
  • Friday, April 20 Colonial Center, Columbia, SC
  • Saturday, April 21 Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
  • Thursday, May 3 Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
  • Friday, May 4 Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
  • Saturday, May 5 Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
  • Sunday, May 6 Stagecoach Festival - Empire Polo Field, Indio, CA
  • Thursday, May 10 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Friday, May 11 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Sunday, May 13 Xcel Energy Center, St Paul, MN
  • Friday, May 18 Mizzou Arena, Columbia, MO
  • Saturday, May 19 Alltel Arena, Little Rock, AR
  • Sunday, May 20 Cajundome, Lafayette, LA
  • Thursday, May 31 New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA
  • Saturday, June 2 Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
  • Sunday, June 3 Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Thursday, June 7 Germain Amphitheater, Columbus, OH
  • Saturday, June 9 Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Thursday, June 14 CWMP, Houston, TX
  • Friday, June 15 CWMP, Houston, TX
  • Saturday, June 16 Pizza Hut Park, Dallas, TX
  • Sunday, June 17 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, San Antonio, TX
  • Thursday, June 21 Darien Lake PAC, Darien Lake, NY
  • Saturday, June 23 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
  • Thursday, June 28 USANA Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Saturday, June 30 Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver, CO
  • Monday, July 2 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
  • Tuesday, July 3 Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
  • Saturday, July 7 Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
  • Thursday, July 12 Verizon Wireless Music Centre, Noblesville, IN
  • Saturday, July 14 Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH
  • Friday, July 20 Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, PA
  • Sunday, July 22 Country Thunder USA, Twin Lakes, WI
  • Wednesday, July 25 Saratoga PAC, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Thursday, July 26 PNC Bank Pavilion, Holmdel, NJ
  • Saturday, July 28 Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
  • Thursday, August 2 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte, NC
  • Friday, August 3 Alltel Pavilion, Raleigh, NC
  • Saturday, August 4 Alltel Pavilion, Raleigh, NC
  • Thursday, August 9 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
  • Friday, August 10 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, MO
  • Saturday, August 11 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
  • Thursday, August 16 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Saturday, August 18 Ford Field, Detroit, MI
  • Friday, August 24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Saturday, August 25 Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA
  • Sunday, August 26 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
  • Thursday, August 30 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • Friday, August 31 NY State Fair Arena, Syracuse, NY
  • Saturday, September 1 Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT
  • Thursday, September 6 Verizon Wireless Music Center, Birmingham, AL
  • Friday, September 7 HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
  • Saturday, September 8 HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
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