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Kenny Chesney says Arrowhead audience was ‘electric’

Kenny Chesney spreads his arms wide for the crowd as he is silhouetted in the stage lights during Saturday night's performance, Aug. 1, 2015, at Arrowhead Stadium during the Big Revival Tour.
Kenny Chesney spreads his arms wide for the crowd as he is silhouetted in the stage lights during Saturday night's performance, Aug. 1, 2015, at Arrowhead Stadium during the Big Revival Tour. Special to The Star

Chiefs fans aren’t the only ones who know how to break records at Arrowhead Stadium — Kenny Chesney fans do, too.

On Saturday, 57,368 fans attended Chesney’s concert at Arrowhead, the most at the venue since Pink Floyd’s show in 1994, which attracted 56,134 fans.

“We’ve been coming to Kansas City for years, and they’ve always been really loud audiences,” Chesney said via a press release Monday. “But when we hit the stage, it felt like all those years, all those shows were added up into one — and that was what we were being hit with.”

Chesney made the most of his Kansas City stay by visiting Chiefs training camp Friday, where he posed for a photo with head coach Andy Reid and mingled with other Chiefs staffers.

Arrowhead is well-known in the NFL for its record-breaking noise, and it sounds like Chesney got a taste of that while performing Saturday.

“I could hear the cheers when the intro film was running,” Chesney said. “It was so loud, I could barely hear the music — and from the very first second I was out there singing, the audience was electric! It felt like being at the bottom of a mountain, and an avalanche just kept rolling over you. The energy, the heart, the passion had that much force and it didn’t let up — not once all night.”

Chesney, ever gracious, also tipped his hat to Pink Floyd: “I had no idea about the number when we took the stage,” he said. “Pink Floyd are rock icons. Every kid’s high school experience… I never ever would've thought something like that could happen.”

It was Chesney’s fourth appearance at Arrowhead, and he voiced his love for Kansas City fans, who know his songs well.

“Kansas City took ‘American Kids’ to a whole other place,” Chesney said. “They made it their own. But they took over a bunch of the songs — and it was awesome. When you’ve played somewhere for several years, and the passion grows, that’s what you’re trying to create. It’s the best part of what we do up here. And man, Kansas City just leveled me. Every show we’ve ever played, all the way back, they hit us.”

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