Take a look at the set list for Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Nation tour. "Beer in Mexico." "Keg in the Closet." "You and Tequila."
We get it. When the country western singer comes to town, there's going to be a whale of a party.
It's become a regular feature of a Chesney concert at Heinz Field that literal boatloads of fans arrive days before the performance, tying up along the Allegheny River's North Shore. The number of boats tied together poses a potential hazard, but the more pervasive problems happen on land.
Parking at $40 a car and patrols in the lots of more than a dozen police officers, along with two big police vans, didn't deter over-the-top behavior by too many of the fans who gathered to party hard for hours before Saturday night's Chesney show. It happens every time the singer comes to town. Malodorous garbage, including some that belongs in bathrooms and not buckets -- gross -- piles up for hours, and crews must spend more than a day to get things back to normal.
This is not a problem that affects most city residents and it doesn't hurt taxpayers, because parking lot owner Alco Parking pays for the security and the cleanup. Police officers who are willing to take on the duty make some extra money. Businesses around the Golden Triangle reap extra sales. And the city collects an awful lot of revenue from the parking and amusement taxes associated with the show.
But, to use a few titles from songs included in this tour, we can't help but wish the "Big Star" could talk to his fans about "Reality" and tell them that the whole "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" thing would work a lot better if they followed the Golden Rule for how to behave in public. After all, "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven."