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Kenny Chesney has always been known to care deeply for his fans. But one fan in particular touched Kenny’s life so much that he stopped to pay tribute to him during a recent concert.
Kevin Brown and his wife, Stacy, became well-known in their hometown of Auburn, Alabama, when they founded a restaurant called Chicken Salad Chick. The restaurant became a local favorite, and it seemed the Browns had a lot to look forward to in the future. But that future was cut short when Kevin was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2014.
After Kevin came to terms with the news, he established a foundation in the community to help fight cancer and also give back to the town. Once his friend Barclay Smith took over the foundation, Kevin wondered if they could host some kind of benefit concert in Auburn. Barclay managed to get in contact with Stuart Dill, who has managed many country artists, and they started to plan a benefit concert with Kenny as the star of the show.
However, the only thing holding them back was the fact that Kevin was specific in his wish to have the concert at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. Since most stadium tours are performed exclusively in NFL stadiums, there were concerns over whether a concert on a college campus would be successful. But once they decided to move forward with the plan, Kenny jumped on board as the star of the Music and Miracles Superfest.
Last year, Kevin got the chance to meet Kenny at one of his concerts, and the two were able to connect over the benefit concert. Stuart told Alabama.com Kenny felt like he and Kevin “were partners.”
Sadly, Kevin passed away only two months after meeting Kenny, and never got the chance to see the concert he worked so hard to plan.
On April 23, 2016, the Jordan-Hare Stadium was packed full of people who came to see Kenny. During the concert, Kenny paid an emotional tribute to Kevin, and honored him for making the entire thing possible.
As he spoke about Kevin’s dream to see a concert in that stadium, Kenny seemed to struggle to find the right words to say.
“Kevin is not here, but he has the best seat in the house,” Kenny said. “I promise you.”
You can check out Kenny’s emotional tribute to Kevin in the video below, along with clip about how Kevin helped bring Kenny to Auburn.