“My foot looked like it had a baseball on it,” Kenny Chesney said Thursday (May 1) during an interview with CMT Insider host Katie Cook. “But it’s better now. It’s getting better. It’s black and blue.”

Kenney was talking about an injury he got when he went onstage for a closing set at the sold out concert at William-Brice Stadium in Columbia S.C. last weekend. The South Carolina concert, the first stadium date of his 2008 Poets & Pirates tour, featured Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Allan and Luke Bryan.

Saturday’s show was to begin with him emerging by a lift that elevates him onto a section of the stage in the middle of the crowd. While the band started playing Chesney’s foot got jammed between the lift and the stage. Apparently bones in his foot were crushed during the equipment malfunction, just as he began his performance.  It took him about 30 seconds or so to pry himself loose. When he finally got loose he stood up and kept holding his knee as he started singing.

“I was in shock because I knew that I was hurt,” he said of his recollections of the concert. “I knew I was stuck. Then I realized I was doing this in front of 45,000 people. It was the first song, and they had been out there all day anticipating this moment — and so was I — and this was what was happening.”

“The longer I was out there, the more I felt my foot just swell,” he said. “I was pretty scared. I didn’t really know how bad it was hurt.” Although he thought about stopping the show, he said, “After about an hour, my foot was so numb that it didn’t matter.”

He doesn’t blame anyone in the production crew for this accident. He says this was his own fault. He just had his foot too far over.

After examining him the doctors say his toes caught the most damage but no bones were broken. They called the injury a hematoma from the ankle down.

Chesney continued his tour with a Friday night (May 2) performance in Oklahoma City. His next stadium show takes place Saturday at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas with Rimes and Brooks & Dunn.

Jan Barrett

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