Kenny Chesney changes Boston concert date after hurricane warning, provokes storm of fan protest


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Kenny Chesney avoided one storm… and steered into another.

Due to the looming threat of Hurricane Irene, which is set to wreak havoc on the Eastern seaboard this weekend, Chesney moved a Sunday concert at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. two days earlier to Friday.

While most fans seem to understand, many aren’t happy about the last-minute decision.

“Most everyone I speak to is thoroughly disappointed at the unprofessional way this unfortunate weather situation has been handled,” said one fan on Kenny’s Facebook page. “How in the world do you expect fans like myself who rely on our day to day jobs to ask for a Friday off and find a babysitter?!?!” asked another.

Given the recent weather-related stage collapse tragedies at the Indiana State Fair and the Pukkelpop music festival, Chesney is  being extra cautious about preventing another disaster.

Chesney’s choice to move the concert to an earlier date didn’t please everyone, but he was stuck between a cloud and a hard place—this is the last weekend of the Goin’ Coastal tour, and Chesney’s crew, stage, and band are all likely moving on to new endeavors, which would make rescheduling to a later date difficult.

“I want the last weekend of the ‘Goin’ Coastal’ Tour to be a great experience for everybody,” Kenny said in a statement on his website, “But I also want it to be the safest experience for everyone.”

Fans that can’t make the Friday show are being offered a full refund by StubHub, USA Today reports.

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  • Anda

    But if he had it on Sunday and somebody was smashed by a flying lighting fixture or bolt of lightning these same whiners would be first in line to sue.

    • TQB

      The comparison of Gillette Stadium to risers at a state fair is ridiculous. Gillette is a brand-new bazillion dollar facility that hosts a packed house almost every weekend, and has done so through numerous winter storms. Not saying he should hold a concert in a lightning storm, but let’s not get carried away with concert paranoia.

      • Mavis

        But he will have a stage set up in the middle of the bazillion dollar facility. Yes, the stadium has been made to withstand a multitude of whatever mother nature can throw at it, his stage is not a permanent fixture and may have certain weather limitations.

      • Hoosier

        You need to look more into the IN State Fair tragedy…it had nothing to do with “risers”. Besides that, last I checked hurricanes don’t care how much money was put into a structure :)

      • Jeff B.

        Did it EVER occur to you that the STADIUM might be safe, but the thousands of fans, getting TO and FROM the venue , might NOT be ?

      • John

        It’s a hurricane! Who the hell wants to stand outside in a Hurricane and listen to a Kenny Chesney concert? WTF

      • Sandra

        It doesn’t matter. I mean if that hurricane hit with full force on a building, it doesn’t matter how new it is. A building can be wiped out just as easy if it was new or old. I can see why people are upset but you have to realize that they are just looking out for the interest of the fans to keep them safe after the accidents that happened.

  • Marissa

    People will complain over anything and everything. I live in the area and I haven’t really heard anyone complain about it, to be honest. I mean, it’s going to be dangerous with the high winds and heavy rain this weekend so I think MOST people understand. Of course, you always get a few idiots complaining the loudest, which is what always seems to get reported, though!

  • drip dry

    I can not wait to watch the Weather Channel reporters gettig their butts kicked while giving LIVE ON THE SCENE accounts of what is happening___DUH wind and rain!

  • Templar

    I’m not a fan of Chesney, but it seems reasonable to me, especially the full refund option.

    • xx100

      I agree. As someone who lives in New England, which is expected to take a pretty good hit, things could get nasty weather wise. Better to be safe then be sorry.

    • Kathy

      We live in the western part of Massachusetts and will not be able to see the concert tonight. It’s not getting there that is the worry but the getting home. Sorry we will miss it but the return drive will be too dangerous. Some consideration for those who live far from Foxboro when it comes to refunds, please.

  • Monty

    Let’s not forget that people also have to get to and from the concert, something that is not that easy in the middle of a storm like this…

  • Rob

    The fans that complain deserve to have something fall on their heads. They would then be the first ones to criticize Chesney and he’d be sued countless times. This is a massive hurricane…not just a thunderstorm…although look what a bad storm did in regard to the stage collapse that killed 6 people. If you can’t get a babysitter, then too bad. Kind of makes you wonder about those people anyway.

  • donald simard

    I would love to trade tickets for Friday. I have tickets for Saturday.

  • Stef

    At least Kenny is being proactive. Dave Matthews Band is supposed to be playing a 3 day festival on an island off of New York this weekend (Fri-Sun) and hasn’t announced any cancellations/rescheduling yet.

  • Liz Garcia

    The way l see it, he’s being responsible. It doesn’t matter if the stadium can withstand weather…what about feet of flood water while concert guests are trying to leave? Possible strewn debris and downed trees? This isn’t “paranoia”, it’s keeping people safe. I support his decision!

  • Bob

    These complainers are idiots. Last minute decision? It was made on Wednesday!! 80,000 drunks in the dark during a hurrican would have been a bad move. This is the right decision! I’m going on Friday and quite happy about it.

  • mjinmd

    Anyone with any common sense would support his decision. There were commentors demanding that Sugarland should pay for the funerals of all who were killed in Indiana. Don’t know where they felt the responsibility should end: 7 people; 17 people; 77 people?

  • Kato

    Yea, He probably had to go check on his boy friend on one of the tropical islands he’s all the time hiding away on. sorry folks he’s so fake!

  • Vickie

    The fans should be happy that he decided to move the concert to a different date even if it is an earlier date. They can’t expect him to perform with the chance of a hurricane coming on the original concert date. They need to remember what happen in Indiana and it wasn’t a hurricane.

  • BrentzT

    Oh, for God’s sake, stop putting your trolling ad in the middle of a thread about something else!

  • Jim

    Every ticket to any event has right on it that the event is subect to time or date change.

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