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Posted by Sarah Rodman  July 20, 2006 10:10 AM

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Who says Massachusetts ain't country country? Not Kenny Chesney, whose show at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro last weekend-- with Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, and Gretchen Wilson-- was the highest grossing single day country concert of all time raking in $4.2 million. Only The Stones, U2 and Madonna have come as close and considering the top ticket price was less than a hundred bucks that's a lot of actual butts in seats for the sleevless Tennessee crooner.

The aw-shucks ex of Renee Zellweger said in a statement "I don't know about history. I just know about smiling faces… people having a good time, and there sure were a lot of 'em at Gillette Stadium. When you look around a place that I was sure couldn't get any louder or any fuller, and there they were jammed into the third tier, well, you know, THAT feels pretty awesome with or without the stat."

Some of the smiling folks contributing to the volume and fullness included Red Sox Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Mike Timlin, David Wells and manager Terry Francona.

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