Kenny Chesney has decided to play his Boston-area concert two days earlier than scheduled because of warnings about Hurricane Irene making her way up the East Coast this weekend. Chesney was set to play at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. on Sunday.
In a statement on his website, Chesney wrote, "I want the last weekend of the 'Goin' Coastal' Tour to be a great experience for everybody. But I also want it to be the safest experience for everyone. I've always said Foxboro is a highlight of our tour, because the fans are ready for a great night of music and fun no matter what night it is!"
Amazingly, many fans are not happy that Chesney is playing it safe and possibly saving their lives. Kenny's Facebook wall is covered with offers of ticket trades and grumbling. One person actually posted: "I am so devastated. Had tickets for Sunday and a babysitter. Now that it got moved to Friday we can't go!"
Other fans were angry that online ticket retailer Stubhub.com was not going to issue refunds. "Some people are not able at the last minute to rearrange work/child care. This should have been changed to a date further out NOT closer up."
The start time of 5 p.m. and opening acts Billy Currington and the Zac Brown Band will remain the same. Fans who cannot the make the Friday show will be offered a refund from wherever they bought their tickets; not including re-salers like Stubhub.com
Before that concert, Chesney will appear for the first time in the popular CMA Songwriters Series, which will make its Boston debut on Thursday to a sold-out house at the Royale Nightclub.
Chesney and a few other songwriters wil take turns telling the stories behind their hit songs, and perform them acoustically. Fans can hear the show live at CMASongwritersSeries.com.