Country Rock Star Kenny Chesney
The eight-time Entertainer of the Year has sold more concert tickets than any other person on the planet—and is currently gearing up for his eighth summer tour.
Although he's appearing on The Oprah Show on his birthday, Kenny has a gift for the audience—an intimate concert!
See how Kenny gets ready for a tour
Kenny says he hits the road with a set list but will change it up if there's a great crowd. "There were several nights last year where we took our set from two hours, 15 minutes to past three hours," he says. "There's just something magical that happens sometimes onstage where it's almost an out-of-body experience, and the connection that you have with the crowd—you don't ever want that connection to stop."
Whether he's chilling in the parking lot or burning it up on stage, Kenny says he wants people to have the time of their lives. "Over the years I've tried to find ways to enhance the experience and make it really something memorable," he says. "I want to be able to give all I can."
Find out why Kenny feels more comfortable onstage than off
"I love sports because you have to work hard," he says. "I think I got that from family, the way we were brought up. We never had anything given to us, and I think that a lot of that comes into play in what I do. I can't do anything halfway."
and gave him some of the best advice he's ever received. "He said it took him until he was 41 to figure out that you can start a song on a piece of paper, and you can put that piece of paper and that song in a drawer, and you can open that drawer two years from now and that song, that piece of paper will still be there," Kenny says. "He goes, 'Your life ain't like that.'"
Kenny says Bruce told him to pay more attention to his life outside touring. "He said, 'Everything you're experiencing out here on the road, it's really, really great ... [but] it's a little bit of an illusion as far as what real life is.'"
There's definitely room for a woman in his life, but Kenny says she'd have to like living on a tour bus for part of the year. "I don't run [my life] right now that well," he says. "It kind of runs me better than I run it."
No matter what, Kenny says he's having a blast. "Oh my God. How can you not?" he says. "I love what I do."
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