Kenny Chesney won't tour in 2014 -- big mess averted

Written by Scott Mervis on .

kenny-chesney-2 originalThose plans for how to clean up the Heinz Field parking lot during and after a Kenny Chesney concert ... they can be put on hold.

The country star, whose No Shoes Nation tour drew 49,042 to the stadium in June, recently told the Hollywood Reporter that he's taking a break from touring next summer:

“I love touring more than anyone in the world. ... It’s weird to not be looking at next year’s stage design, but I shouldn’t make albums to service the tour. So I’m going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer.”

This summer's concert drew controversy for the mounds of garbage fans left in the parking lot -- 50,000 to 60,000 pounds of trash, according to one estimate, including half-eaten food, bottles, cans, broken furniture, portable pools, and buckets and boxes that were used as toilets.

heinz-field-parking-lot 420There were also a number of fights and arrests for public intoxication, fights and disorderly conduct.

Before members of the "Ban Kenny Chesney" Facebook page rejoice, they should know that it's possible that one of the many up-and-comers -- Eric Church, Jason Aldean, etc. -- or even an old-timer like George Strait could step in and fill that void.

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