Grace Potter Joins Tim and Kenny for "New England’s Biggest Country Event Ever"
Photo by Dean Budnick
The Brothers of the Sun Tour, the country stadium outtng featuring Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and opening act Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, came to a close this weekend. The massive summer tour climaxed with shows at Foxborough, MA’s Gillette Stadium on Friday and Saturday. In total, the 111,209 tickets sold for the two shows made the stop what Gillette Stadium’s Vice President of External Affairs Dan Murphy called “a record for the biggest country music event in New England history”
On Saturday, Potter’s set included “Ah Mary,” new single “Stars,” “Paris” and “Medicine” along with covers of Heart’s “Crazy on You” and the Joan Jett & The Blackhearts hit “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The show fell on both Nocturnals guitarist Scott Tournet’s birthday and drummer Matt Burr’s parents’ 50th anniversary. In celebration, the group brought the Burrs onstage at the end of their set. Nodding to their New England roots, Tournet wore a Patriots jersey throughout his set and Potter wore a Patriots jersey for one song before throwing it into the crowd.
Later in the night, McGraw took the stage wearing a Grace Potter & the Nocturnals shirt—the first time he has done so all tour—and Chesney invited Potter our to sing on their hit duet, “You and Tequila.” Potter also remained onstage for the debut of “El Cerrito Place,” a song from Chesney’s new album. Then, Potter handed Chesney one of her Signature Gibson Flying V guitar that she has painted for him herself.
At the end of the Chesney’s show-closing set, Potter, McGraw and the Nocturnals returned for a sing-along version of “Running on Empty.” All the bands and their crew members then took one final bow.
During the show, Potter also confirmed that she will headline Boston’s House of Blues on November 30 and December 1.