When Kenny Chesney announced he’d be playing Auburn’s football stadium as his first show of his 2016 Spread The Love Tour, No Shoes Nation was elated. That meant Kenny was back, summer was here and all was well in the world.
But it was so much bigger than that.
The Auburn show doubles as the inaugural Music and Miracles Superfest, the brainchild of Kevin Brown. When Brown was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in November 2013, he turned part of his fight into raising as much money to fight cancer as he could, before he couldn’t anymore.
With the idea of a major concert in Auburn’s football facility, he asked his friend Stuart Dill, a 30-year Nashville music industry veteran to help — help get Kenny Chesney.
Dill got to work and in the summer of 2015 told Kenny’s manager that Brown’s health was slipping. Before you know it, a video text arrived out of the blue from Chesney to Brown saying, “‘Hang in there buddy. We’ve got a show in April and I’m pulling for you.”
Brown rebounded a bit but ultimately passed away just a few months later, but not before he had the opportunity to meet Kenny and thank him for being part of his dream.
So when Chesney’s Spread The Love Tour kicks off, that’s really what it is all about. And while Brown won’t be in the front row to see his dream come true, he’ll be there. Only he’ll have the best seat in the house.