Pollstar has reported that the 'Brothers of the Sun' Tour, with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw is the highest-grossing summer tour in any genre (based on average box office gross per city), grossing more than twice as much as Roger Waters and Coldplay.
The success of the tour, which has already sold nearly one million tickets, shows why this "reunion of epic proportions" (LA Daily News) has been hailed as "the 'Watch the Throne' of country music concerts" and that, "for country music fans, it doesn't get any bigger than this." (Chicago Tribune).
This weekend's star-packed California shows featured guest appearances from Ashton Kutcher, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, and rock n'roll legend Steve Miller, who joined Chesney onstage for surprise renditions of his classics "Rock'n Me" and "The Joker" on Sunday at Oakland's O.co Coliseum.
"McGraw's set," OC Register said, "...couldn't have been more on-the-money, the pacing of it ideal, the range of it just right, from touching ballads like 'Where the Green Grass Grows' and a robust rendition of 'Live Like You Were Dying' to hearty good times in the heat with his final match-up in the encore, 'I Like It, I Love I' and the hard-rockin' 'Truck Yeah.'"
McGraw recently released his first single for Big Machine Records, "Truck Yeah," which debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart and No. 25 on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck Chart, marking his highest solo chart debut ever.