Country star Kenny Chesney is looking forward to taking a step back from the touring circuit next year (17) after performing 160 shows in just 18 months.
The There Goes My Life hitmaker is a prolific performer and in August (16), he wrapped up his latest trek, the Spread the Love Tour, the follow up to 2015's The Big Revival Tour.
"We're going to pull back just a little bit (from the road)," Chesney told Country Countdown USA. "The last two years have been so intense; we've done 160 shows in an 18-month period. So I felt, with the new music, I want the fans to digest it and let it seep into their lives a little bit."
Chesney will release his next album, Cosmic Hallelujah, on Friday (28Oct16), but fans will have to wait to see him perform much of the material in person.
"Next year, we'll do five or six shows - we don't know how many yet - but other than that, we'll let this new music find its way," he explained. "Then, the next year, we'll crank it up again."
And Chesney, who already has three festival gigs booked for 2017, reveals big breaks from the road help the singer and his crew appreciate the magic of their live shows.
He continued, "When you work together so much as a band and a unit and a family, it's great, but you do need to get away from that to keep it new. That's one of the secrets to our success, is knowing when to hit it hard and also knowing when to pull it back a little bit, just so they want to feel that moment again."