Kenny Chesney returning to Heinz Field on July 2
Country singer Kenny Chesney is returning to Pittsburgh for the second time since a 2013 concert that drew national attention for the disorderly behavior of fans.
The 47-year-old Chesney announced Oct. 27 he'll be performing with Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt on July 2 at Heinz Field.
The huge North Shore concert has been almost an annual ritual since 2005. This year, Chesney performed May 30 at Heinz Field. His other Heinz Field shows were in June or July of 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Chesney's concerts, attracting some 50,000 fans, have caused some major headaches for North Shore cleanup crews. The most notorious example came with the 2013 show, when concertgoers left much of the North Shore parking lots buried under 30 tons of garbage. That year, police arrested more than 70 people and paramedics treated about 150 people for mostly alcohol- and heat-related illnesses and injuries.
City officials reported, however, that Chesney's fans this year were on better behavior. Officials opened the parking lots only four hours before the concert and say there were far fewer arrests and far less trash left behind than at Chesney's 2013 show. Only 10 people were arrested and 25 people were cited — 17 for underage drinking.
Tickets for Chesney's Spread the Love Tour go on sale Dec. 4 for the summer show. Ticket prices have not been announced yet.
So far, 11 dates have been announced for the tour, all at stadiums, including Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on June 25 and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Aug. 20.
Chesney's current hit, “Save It for a Rainy Day,” spent a few weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Country Singles Chart in early October. It is the fourth consecutive No. 1 single from the album “The Big Revival.”