So, you know how we said that Kenny was never exactly handed anything? Well, that’s not entirely true. The singer was gifted his very first guitar one Christmas during his teenage years. Although he had no idea how to play at the time, so he taught himself. He fell in love with the way it felt and knew that’s what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Right then and there, he made the decision to pursue his musical passions and let go of the dream he had of playing professional sports.
He named the instrument “Terminor” and carried it everywhere with him. After he knew what he was doing, he started playing at different local venues. At first, he didn’t have his entire repertoire of songs, so he played covers at his gigs. He was able to make a name for himself locally before he hit the launchpad into superstardom.
His Net Worth is Through the Roof
Someone who’s consistently put out award-winning albums for over 2 decades probably isn’t going to be struggling financially, that’s for sure. Chesney is often seen lounging around in tropical paradises with a drink in his hand or hanging out on his boat, and that’s because when he’s not touring, he lives the (very) good life. Of course, you probably would too if you had a net worth of nearly $250 million. No wonder he goes on tour pretty much every year.
He makes over $40 million annually for doing so! But even though he’s got an outrageous net worth, he still remains humble and chooses not to spend too frivolously (at least, not as far as we can tell!) In fact, Rolling Stone magazine even commented that the singer “wears his fame very lightly.” And if you ask him what his happiest place on Earth is, he’d tell you it’s sitting in a small-town burger joint, biting into a juicy double that’s dripping with cheese.
He’s Friends with Tim McGraw
Back in 2000, Chesney was headlining with Tim McGraw at the George Strait Country Music Festival in New York, when things got a little out of hand. Chesney jumped offstage and mounted a horse that belonged to a deputy who was patrolling at the show. The deputy was not amused and yelled at the star to dismount, but he refused. Some more police got (physically) involved and went to pull him off when Tim McGraw flew out of nowhere and grabbed one of the deputy’s throats.
If that doesn’t tell you how good of friends the two stars are, we don’t know what will! After all, it doesn’t seem like someone would risk getting arrested for assaulting a police officer for just anyone. Afterward, the department released a statement saying he knew the star wasn’t actually trying to “choke” the officer. But that wasn’t the only time the buddies sang together. In fact, they once staged an entire 20+ city tour together.
Follow Your Heart
Even though it may seem like the Grammy-nominated multi-millionaire may be able to have pretty much any woman that he wants, he wasn’t always so gifted in that department. In fact, he’s no stranger to the heartache that comes along with being rejected by someone you love. During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Chesney admitted that before he made it big, he poured his heart out into a song he wrote for this girl in Tennessee.
He recorded the song on a tape and gave it to the girl in class and went home, hoping that the next day she’d be all smiles and giggles. Unfortunately, she gave him the cold shoulder and pretty much avoided him from that point on. And all of this happened just a few years before he got his big break. She likely feels pretty foolish about ghosting one of the biggest superstars in country music, these days!
No Shoes, No Trash Bags
Weeks before the Kenny Chesney concert rolled into Philadelphia in 2016, the Three Rivers Power Sweep cleanup company was planning on extra manpower to handle the trash nightmare they knew would be left behind. Why? Because according to the company’s owner, it’s the biggest trash cleanup that the company faces, and it’s happened now for more than 6 years in a row. Fans tailgating at the North Shore left behind over 50,000 pounds of garbage, in the form of broken chairs, beer cans, water bottles and more.
One man that works for the trash company claims that he’s lost a whopping 10 tires to the broken glass left behind from all of the alcohol consumed at Chesney’s shows. The event has outraged locals to the point that they started a Facebook page with the hopes of getting the country star and his concerts banned from the city for life. But the trash isn’t the only problem the fans had pre-show. The drinking got so out of hand that over 70 people were arrested and 25 were taken to the hospital for injuries.