Sunday, August 19, 2012

Brothers of the Sun Tour 2012

Mom and I went to Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw Sunday July 29th 2012!! =)

Hubby got me this Chesney jersey for Christmas 2006 =)

The View from our seats

Tim Mcgraw
 (You can see him on the right on the video screen)

Kenny came out in the center of the stadium.

I was able to get better pics when we went in 2007-I don't know what happened this year...
I just need a new camera ;)

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw bring together a colorful, partying tribe of country fans at Browns Stadium

By Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer 
on July 29, 2012 at 8:54 PM, updated July 30, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw party at Browns Stadium with 45,000 friends
EnlargeDanielle Zullo, of Burton Ohio, enjoys a portable tiki bar provided by Tina STewart of Westerville (not shown) as ountry music fans party at the Port of Cleveland parking lots before the Tim McGraw Kenny Chesney concert at Browns Stadium Sunday, July 29, 2012. (Peggy Turbett / The Plain Dealer)Tim McGraw & Kenny Chesney: Parking Lot Parties gallery (10 photos)
Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney called 46,000 or so fans into the huddle at Browns Stadium on Sunday, drew up a few plays in the dirt, and collected the first win of the season on the home turf.
New Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson might give half their signing bonuses to feel the adoration heaped on the country stars.
Well, maybe not half. But a lot.
Just as Browns fans start gathering in the predawn hours to tailgate (i.e. drink, eat and drink, then drink some more) before games, so did the country faithful show up bright and early. Parking attendants at the Port of Cleveland lot said the first partiers hit the gates at 6 a.m. Sunday.
Pals Debbie Ferrante, Jean Fruchey, Mary Mattachioni and Linda Reibenstein weren't first to the lot, but they were there at 11 a.m. Four-and-a-half hours before gates opened, the four friends were already in their space, ice chest at the ready, cornhole game set up and quaffing wine coolers.
"We're big Kenny Chesney fans,'' said Reibenstein, whose first of seven Chesney shows was at what was then Gund Arena.

Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney at Browns Stadium for Brothers of the Sun Tour 2012
EnlargeKenny Chesney performs songs such as "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" during the Browns Stadium stop of the Brothers of the Sun 2012 Tour Sunday, July 29, 2012 in Cleveland.Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney at Browns Stadium for Brothers of the Sun Tour 2012 gallery (16 photos)
"When he comes on, there's just so much energy,'' she said, puffing on a cigar. "I've never been to a bad [Chesney] concert.''
"I like Kenny, and I'm not even a country fan,'' said Mattachioni with a laugh as she and her friends lounged under a tent that protected from the bright July sun.
Mattachioni has a kindred spirit in Austin Toliver, who happened to be one of the four people in line, waiting for one of the gates to open Sunday afternoon. Austin, who is from Columbus and made the trip to the show with a neighbor, was a little less than enthusiastic. But if it'd been his favorite band, Guns 'N Roses, it might've been a different story.
That wasn't the case for Shaun Douglas and his friends from Canton, who showed up in a Five Star Limousine bus.
Why the limo?
"Cuz we're drinking!'' he said,laughing. Of course, the laugh was before he got inside the Stadium and discovered beers were $12. Each. With luck, the limo was prestocked for the trip back to Canton.
Douglas said his group of 10 friends and family members who grew up together pick a show a year for the limo thing. It's become a ritual for them; last year's Chesney show at Blossom was their first limousine trek.
Of course, one person's ritual is another person's homecoming. That would be Hallie Asbury, who was traipsing up and down the floor at Browns Stadium selling smiles and $10 paper leis. She's part of the merchandise team for the tour . . . and a resident of Munroe Falls.
"It's the first time I've been home in five days,'' said the effervescent Asbury. She and her teammates unloaded 600 of the colorful pastel leis in Indianapolis Saturday, and expected easily to deplete their 500 lei inventory in Cleveland.
Two years on the road on the merch squad for various artists in several genres has opened her eyes to a lot.
"I don't like it when people get a little drunk and rowdy,'' she admitted, "but I love the concerts and the perks.''
For Melanie Lozinak of Parma, hovering around the "sand pit'' -- also known as the standing room area around the cross-shaped portion of the stage that extended into the crowd -- Sunday's show was "a bucket list'' perk.
"I've never been in the front row,'' said the mom of four. "I'm so stoked!''
For Lozinak, McGraw was the draw. Not so for Joe Biecho of Cortland and his girlfriend, Katlin Gainer of Manchester. They took a quick break from their beer pong game to explain why they managed to make the trek from rural Ohio:
"Kenny's playing.'' And play he did. His appearance via lift in an auxiliary stage near the Dawg Pound set off a round of camera flashes like halftime at the Super Bowl.
Hmmm, Super Bowl? OK, Weeden and Richardson, your turn.

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's Brothers of the Sun Tour hits Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday

Chuck Yarborough, The Plain DealerBy Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer 
on July 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM, updated July 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM
BROTHERS-OF-THE-SUN.JPGView full sizeTim McGraw, left, and Kenny Chesney will take Cleveland Browns Stadium by force Sunday when their "Brothers of the Sun" tour comes to town. It's the first time that the good friends have toured together since 2001.
Country music shows this summer have been averaging --averaging -- 20,000 fans at Blossom Music Center. How on earth can you top that?
How about 45,000 or so expected at Cleveland Browns Stadium for Sunday's Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's "Brothers of the Sun Tour"?
It will take 283 workers and musicians to stage the blowout, said Paula Hinston, whose Pennsylvania-based Media Creations USA company is the promoter for this tour. Most will arrive in the 20 tour buses and 80 tractor-trailers that are part of the complement.
Part of the reason for such a large contingent is that unlike previous Chesney stadium tours, this year's event features shows on both Saturdays and Sundays. The night before Chesney, McGraw, Jake Owen and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals take the stadium stage, they'll be at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. That means it's really two whole setups.
The show itself is a capper to what's been an interesting year, to say the least, for McGraw in particular. His acrimonious split from longtime label Curb Records is still making its way through the courts. McGraw is insisting that his CD "Emotional Traffic," which includes the hits "Felt Good on My Lips" and "Better Than I Used to Be," fulfills his contract with Curb. Curb founder Mike Curb and his lawyers say that it does not and that McGraw's new deal with Big Machine Records represented a breach of contract.
McGraw declined to discuss the feud in an email interview.
Does all this Music City politics sometimes make you wish you could go back to the good ol' days of $400 a night in bars? Except for that $400 part, lol.
No way! It was a blast then, but at 45 . . . not so much. Besides, we go play a club every now and then and have a great time. The politics, I can do without.
"Emotional Traffic" reflects a maturity the songs, the music and your voice. How did you get to this point?
It's a chain I think. You can't get to the next album without the making of the last. You discover something about yourself each record that directly affects the next, good or bad, and if you use that, I think you progress as an artist.
"Truck Yeah" is a little harder edged, but it sounds like you're having fun. Is this more of the music we can expect with Big Machine?
I think my music is different every record. I mean, you know it's me, but I think it's a constantly changing and evolving thing. I think that's what it should be.
Why did you and Kenny decide it was time at last to reunite for a tour?
We talked about it for years, and it never really worked out timing-wise. He was building his career and I was building my career. It came to a point where it finally worked out and I think the fans are the beneficiaries of that. As a fan, I don't think you really see two guys in the prime of their careers doing this.
How long will you each spend onstage? Any time together?
We spend 120 minutes or so and about 30 minutes together.
In years past, you guys had some pretty competitive basketball games backstage. Is that still the case? And if so, who's leading the series?
We haven't had any games this year. It's only weekends and we fly in and out so much. . . . I don't remember it being THAT competitive though :)

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