Kenny Chesney Is Havin' a Party

The country star throws a summer blowout at MetLife Stadium

The night ended with an encore featuring all four of the day's performers. McGraw came out first for three songs, including the goofily triumphant down-home anthem "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," with Owen and Potter joining in for an extended version of Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty." In case you think that its title was supposed to serve as a metaphor for the performers' collective energy being spent, though, know that this version of the song was a super-extended jam session with a breakdown where the day's four stars high-fived audience members and autographed proffered items—even as some in the crowd streamed for the exits, hoping to beat the traffic out of the parking lot. After all, every party host worth his salt knows that even the most superlative soiree-throwing skills are nothing if guests don't show up and have a good time.

Kenny Chesney setting attendance records
Courtesy 2nd MAW/Cherry Point, North Carolina, Public Affairs Office
Kenny Chesney setting attendance records

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