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Police field 15 noise complaints from Kenny Chesney concert; one arrested for disorderly conduct

Posted Aug. 08, 2013, at 11:31 a.m.
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BANGOR, Maine — One man was arrested, and police fielded 15 noise complaints stemming from country star Kenny Chesney’s performance Wednesday night at Darling’s Waterfront Pavillion. But the popular singer enjoyed the Bangor crowd and also made some personal history during the performance, according to his website.

Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday the 15 noise complaints are the most police have fielded for one concert this season. Police have been averaging between 6 and 10 complaints per concert, he said.

The concert drew 16,000 fans to the waterfront pavilion.

While Edwards estimated about half a dozen fans were asked to leave the venue, one man, Tyler Griffin, 23, of New Harbor, was arrested for disorderly conduct around 7:30 p.m., Edwards said.

Chesney, meanwhile, did something at the Bangor venue he had never done before during a show, according to his website. After almost two decades on the road, the four-time Country Music Entertainer of the Year and four consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year had never changed his stage clothes during a performance. Until Wednesday night.

Spurred on by a group of particularly boisterous fans who called themselves “No Shoes Nation,” Chesney asked the crowd if they thought he was over-dressed. The screams suggested that his normal outfit of jeans, boots and t-shirt was too warm for the summer night. Chesney issued them a challenge, according to his website.

“I said to them, ‘Will you give me three minutes then to get to the bus and change?’ And they cheered even louder,” Chesney recounted after the show, according to his website. “So the band vamped for a good three minutes on the intro to ‘Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven,’ and I ran… ran… to the bus, so I could get into the vibe of the crowd.”

Chesney returned to the stage in a pair of swim trunks, a t-shirt and a Boston Red Sox baseball cap. He played the rest of the show barefoot — living up to the example of No Shoes Nation.

“I may be the only person in history to come back dressed down,” Chesney said after the show, according to his website. “But that crowd was so alive and so ready to hang out. That was literally — that and Fort Lauderdale — the most freewheeling shows of the tour! If they didn’t have a curfew, we’d’ve probably start pounding covers and been up there ’til 1 o’clock in the morning.”

Griffin didn’t have much fun, police said. He was refused entry to the venue because he was visibly intoxicated, Edwards said. Officers Nick Huggins and Shawn Green were sent to the Main Street gate entrance when Griffin refused to cooperate with security.

Police gave Griffin numerous chances to leave, and his mother, who was inside the venue, even came to the gate and offered to escort him out, Edwards said.

But Griffin continued to act in a disorderly manner, and he was placed under arrest and charged with disorderly conduct, Edwards said. He has since been released on bail from Penobscot County Jail.

Despite the arrest, Edwards said fans were well-behaved at Wednesday’s show.

“I don’t want to jinx myself, but the fans have been great from what we’ve been told,” he said. “I’ve got to praise the staff for keeping things in order, it keeps it easier for us.”

No other concert-related arrests were reported, Edwards said.

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