Kenny Chesney
Goin' Costal Tour
Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, TX
April 16, 2011

Lineage: Zoom H2 > SD Card > HD > Wave Splitter > TLH > Flac(8)

Set List

01 Intro
02 Live A Little
03 Live Those Songs
04 Summertime
05 Beer In Mexico
06 Costal
07 The Woman With You
08 Big Star
09 I Go Back
10 No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
11 Anything But Mine
12 There Goes My Life
13 Living In Fast Forward
14 Young / Band Intros / Young
15 Somewhere With You
16 Don't Happen Twice
17 Never Wanted Nothing More
18 When The Sun Goes Down (with Uncle Kracker)
19 You Never Even Called Me By My Name (David Alan Coe)
20 How Forever Feels
21 Blister In The Sun (Violent Femmes)
22 Boys Of Fall


23 She Thinks My Tractors Sexy (with Billy Currington)
24 Dixieland Delght (Alabama) (with Zac Brown Band)
25 Knee Deep (with Zac Brown Band)
26 Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (with Zac Brown Band)
27 The Joker / Three Little Birds medley / The Joker (Steve Miller, Bob Marley)
28 Jambalaya / Black Water (Hank Williams Sr., Doobie Brothers) (with Zac Brown Band)
29 Running Down A Dream (Tom Petty) (with Zac Brown Band)
played while signing autographs

Cowboys stadium was designed for football and not concert acoustics. The dome creates an echo. I left my recorder on the same settings as the other bands, but when I was outside smoking they opened the roof. It made a difference, so the volume is lower in this recording. You will have to turn it up.



Energetic Chesney delivers hit-filled show at Cowboys Stadium

Kenny Chesney performs at Cowboys Stadium as part of his Goin' Coastal 2011 Tour Saturday, April 16, 2011 (Star-Telegram/ Richard W. Rodriguez)

By Mark Lowry

ARLINGTON -- As super-polished, stadium shows by mega country stars go, it probably couldn't get more slick than Kenny Chesney's stop at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday. The man who has rarely had a single that didn't go top 10 made his entrance from the back of the mammoth building, riding on the camera trolley that's suspended from wires to capture the ballgames from above.

From there, Chesney's "Goin' Coastal" tour served up exactly what we'd expect, including most of the hits, sung by an energetic performer in low-slung, tight, faded jeans and a sleeveless tee that would be drenched in sweat about an hour into his set.

Songs about Chevys, beaches, margaritas, summertime and drinking wine from Dixie cups kept the audience singing along loudly (but not well; it had to be the worst tones from any huge audience that this writer has heard), swaying and, to paraphrase a Chesney hit, going back.

It was as choreographed as a Broadway musical, which is fine. It didn't lack for entertainment value, even without the element of surprise one hopes for from any kind of popular singer.

The tour had three opening acts, beginning with Uncle Kracker and then Billy Currington. But it was the ramblin' men of Georgia's Zac Brown Band who stole the show, exhibiting first-rate vocal harmonies and musicianship from the band's fiddler, keyboardist and the occasional oddball addition, such as tambourine.

Lighter-friendly hits such as Free and Colder Weather were interspersed with a Southern rock take on Islands in the Stream and a cover of The Charlie Daniels Band's The Devil Went Down to Georgia.

And lest anyone think this band is just another country-pop outfit -- they're not -- they gave us a sing-along to a song about siccin' a mean dog who drinks from a broken Mason jar on a chicken, and then frying up the clucker for supper.

Don't get more country than that.