On September 11th, 2001, Kenny Chesney was scheduled to shoot a music video for his song “Tin Man,” in New York City – just a block away from the World Trade Center. But just days before they were bound to take off, complications caused them to postpone the shoot. That morning, tragedy struck when two planes were hijacked and crashed into the buildings of the WTC. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives, and had Chesney been in ground zero, he very well could have, too.
Chesney says he was in the middle of Virginia on his tour bus when he saw the news after the attacks that morning. He attributes his not being there to his “guardian angels” and said that he feels incredibly lucky to be alive.
He Keeps a Strict Diet (Sometimes)
It may seem like celebrities always get to do pretty much whatever they want, whenever they want – but that’s actually far from the case. When on tour, Chesney’s manager wants him to keep to a balanced and healthy diet. It isn’t like he’s got a ton of time to eat, but one of his team members happens to be a personal chef that cooks him up heart and weight friendly meals like grilled chicken with veggies.
He’s still got access to a chef when he’s not touring, but that doesn’t mean he adheres to the same diet. Chesney says that he does try and eat somewhat healthy, but he also loves to eat. The star told CMT that he uses Sundays as a cheat day and eats anything he craves! The singer said, “If I wanted a chocolate-covered double cheeseburger, I’d eat it!”
He Cares About His Fans
While some performers could care less about their fans and are only in it for the money, Chesney is not one of them. He doesn’t care if you’ve bought a VIP, backstage ticket to his show or you’re in the back row – he cares about your experience. During each one of his venue changes, he makes sure to climb all the way up into the “nosebleed” section and check the sound quality, to ensure fans in the back still get a great show.
In 2015, two of his fans sat a few rows away from each other up in the nosebleeds and caught each other’s attention. They ended up exchanging phone numbers and getting married 3 years later! When Chesney found out, he invited them back for a VIP show. Awwww!
You often hear about celebrities hanging out in their green rooms before a performance. You probably imagine them sipping on champagne and eating 5-star meals in a fluffy robe, while someone rubs their feet as they warm up their vocal cords. Well, that may be the case in some situations, it definitely wasn’t when Anderson Cooper came to see Chesney in his “green room.”
At this particular show, Cooper met Chesney in a compartment that was so small, it was basically a box, large enough to seat 2 people, max. So, Cooper sat face to face with the star for a short interview, before the box was wheeled to the stage for his grand entrance. We know that Kenny Chesney is humble and everything, but man, can’t the guy at least relax on a proper couch before he performs?
Dreams of Playing Pro Ball
Kenny Chesney may be one of the biggest stars in country music history but that wasn’t always the direction he’d seen his life going. He always loved baseball, and when he was growing up he used to tell people that he wanted to play pro for a major team like the Boston Red Sox. His fate had other plans but luckily for him, though, he still gets to perform at the big games and meet his favorite players.
Despite being grateful for his successful music career, he still wanted to give baseball a try – so he had decided to get out on the field and play some ball, so he reached out to Roy Halladay, the late pitcher for the Phillies. He told him that he wanted to play a “simulated” game with him and that he’d love it if Halladay would come at him with all of his might like it was the World Series. Surprisingly, 4 years later, Halladay was killed in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Chesney took to Twitter to post a photo along with the caption, “I lost a great friend today.”