This is an expanded version of a story from Tuesday’s The Oklahoman.
Chesney’s show will go on in city
Kenny Chesney’s Oklahoma City show will go on Friday despite an injury the country music star sustained during a concert last weekend.
“Kenny Chesney is planning on playing Friday night at the Ford Center, even with a bad bruise on his foot,” said Rob Agnew, public relations coordinator for the Ford Center, on Monday.
The reigning Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association entertainer of the year hurt his foot Saturday night when it was caught between a rising platform and the stage at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
The injury occurred during his entrance, and he played the almost two hour show limping and in obvious pain.
Chesney released a statement that his boot had to be cut off his foot after the show, but he never considered canceling the concert. More than 44,000 fans attended the South Carolina date on his “Poets & Pirates 2008″ tour.
In a statement Monday on Chesney’s Web site, the singer said his orthopedist in Nashville, Tenn., administered tests and gave him the green light to perform his upcoming shows. He is scheduled to play Thursday in Austin and Saturday in Dallas.
Chesney and special guest LeAnn Rimes will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Ford Center.
The “Don’t Blink” singer said on the site that he will have his foot taped and a doctor on hand.
“He (the doctor) told me it’s going to hurt – though nothing could hurt worse than Saturday I don’t think – and they can give me something to deaden the pain when I get out there,” Chesney said.
His foot was stuck between the still-moving hydraulic lift and the stage for nearly 40 seconds. He needed two shots of morphine after the show, according to the site.
The hitmaker is known for roaming the stage during his high-energy performances. Agnew said he wasn’t sure if any changes would be made to the concert because of Chesney’s injury, but “we’re sure it will be a great show.”
Tickets are still available for $59.50 and $69.50. For more information, call 235-8288 or go online to www.okfordcenter.com.
Contributing: The Associated Press