After tragic stage collapses which happened at Indiana State Fair and Belgium Pukkelpop Festival due to heavy storm, Kenny Chesney decided to reschedule his concert at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium when the weather forecast was unfavorable. Due to safety reasons, the gig was moved from August 28 to 26 at the same venue.
"Our first and foremost priority is the fans' safety, so we have made the difficult decision to reschedule the show," said promoter Louis Messina of TMG/AEG Live. All tickets for Sunday's show will be honored on the new date. The line-up and set-times of the rescheduled gig will remain the same.
"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," said Chesney. "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!"
Despite the concern over possible hurricane-level storms that may occur in the area, the concert rescheduling infuriated some of Chesney's fans. Most of them complained that they can't go to the Friday concert due to difficulty of rearranging their work schedule and child care on such short notice.
A fan named Karen Duggan ranted on Chesney's Facebook, writing "I'm annoyed too and dont mind if its postponed a little bit but to expect people who work to get a friday off 2 days before is BULLS***!!! ... Sunday is a BAD idea but to expect ppl to scramble with work and life schedules 2 days before is a bit much. even if he came back in a month like many artist do if a show is postponed would be better."
Some others like Kelly McBride Borders, however, defended the country music singer. She posted, "Really people! Do you expect Kenny to play in a storm??? This guy has no control over the weather!!!! He will be back next year, everyone needs to chill out and leave the guy alone! What will be will be!!! Love ya Kenny! Do what you need to do. People will understand or not be safe!!!"
Another fan named Kris Marasca wrote, "Thank you for thinking of your fans who might be affected by the hurricane, Kenny. I'm sure it will inconvenience a few, but better that than the thousands who were coming to the Sunday show. You rock." Fay Skillins Burns agreed, "Thank You, Thank you, THANK YOU Kenny for re-scheduling instead of cancelling!!! Will be there with bells on! Can't wait!!!!!!!"