â€œThe Peopleâ€™s Superstarâ€ Kenny Chesney returned to San Diego County for the first time in eight years last week. His “Spread the Love” tour stopped in Chula Vista for a performance in front a nearly sold-out Sleep Train Amphitheatre. Interesting fact: Each time heâ€™s played the Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, itâ€™s had different venue sponsor (Coors in 2005, Cricket Wireless in 2008). Perhaps his next visit will be in 2018 when the current sponsorship expires.
Kicking off his 19-song set with â€œBeer in Mexico,â€ Kenny proved that he is one of the best live country acts around. He plays to the crowd very well, with plenty of high-fives given out to the lucky concertgoers in the pit. The show included fan favorites â€œPirate Flag,â€ â€œNo Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem,â€ â€œSave It for a Rainy Dayâ€ (with Old Dominion), and â€œYoung.â€ He also performed a cover of AC/DC’s â€œWhole Lotta Rosieâ€ with bassist Harmoni Kelley McCarty singing lead and ended the show with â€œDonâ€™t Happen Twice.â€
With Chesney’s next album, Cosmic Hallelujah, due out this October, perhaps we will see him again next year while Sleep Train still has its name on the door.