Kenny Chesney Paying All 120 Employees Through the Rest of the Year


May 20, 2020
Kenny Chesney, Employees, Pay, Salary, Tour

Paras Griffin


Last week Kenny Chesney announced that unfortunately, he was cancelling his 2020 Chillaxification stadium tour due to the coronavirus and the safety of his crew and fans.

We have done everything possible...⁣⁣ and things I’m not even sure we would’ve thought of three months ago.⁣⁣ Myself and my team have talked to ⁣⁣ medical experts, city commissioners, team owners, building staffs, the NFL, often daily,⁣⁣ because coming out to play for you is everything to us.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ When we postponed our first wave of shows,⁣⁣ no one would’ve imagined we’d be here today...⁣⁣ Still wondering, still uncertain.⁣⁣ But as I said when we postponed those first dates,⁣⁣ I will not take chances with people I care about. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I’ve laid awake many nights thinking about this,⁣⁣ not wanting to disappoint all the people who are with us every summer...⁣⁣ some who fly from all over the country to meet up,⁣⁣ people who’re coming for the first time... ⁣⁣ friends who’ve met at the tailgate or the Sandbar.⁣⁣ No Shoes Nation is not just people buying a ticket to a show,⁣⁣ and I know that.⁣⁣ I care, because you guys care so very much.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ But that’s exactly why...⁣⁣ 1) I wanted to tell you guys first⁣⁣ 2) I hate everything about what I’m about to say⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ No one has tried harder than my team⁣⁣ to make the 2020 Chillaxification Tour a reality...⁣⁣ Sadly, we can’t find a way to make it safe, ⁣⁣ to navigate water that’s just not getting any clearer.⁣⁣ For that reason, ⁣⁣ we have to postpone this year’s tour.⁣⁣ We are hoping to have the entire schedule for 2021 finalized quickly.⁣⁣ Right now, though, it’s you and me⁣⁣ and that’s what matters.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Original tickets are automatically valid for a rescheduled show date.⁣⁣ If you have tickets to a postponed show, refund options will be available⁣⁣ at the time a rescheduled show date is announced.

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Many fans and members of No Shoes Nation were upset with the news, but so was his crew that figured they were now out of a job. Have you ever stopped to wonder how many people it takes to put on a Kenny Chesney stadium show? 120. Yes, Chesney has 120 employees that all come together to make his tour possible. 

Chesney decided to take care of his people and is committed to paying all his employees for the rest of the year.

When asked how much money it would take to keep everyone employed, Chesney would not go into specifics but said it was an overwhelming amount that is affecting his life, but he decided he could forego his lifestyle for a few months to help his crew. He said when it came down to it, it was about helping and protecting his people that meant more to him than the sheer amount of money.

Chesney and his crew are hoping he can hit the road next summer, but they are extremely thankful that he is still paying their salaries this year without a summer tour.