|BIG ACT, BIG EMOTIONS |
If Alan Jackson never records another song, he will still go down as one of the genre’s most successful and talented singer/songwriters. He’s had 35 songs become No. 1 hits, won two Grammy Awards and claimed 16 CMA Awards. And on Nov. 15, he treated his fans to a remarkable concert at Bridgestone Arena. His timeless hits were mixed throughout the set list, but for those who were on hand, one song still sticks out. The year before at the CMA Awards, Jackson debuted the song, ‘Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning,” a song he wrote shortly after the 9/11 attacks. When he performed the song at his Bridgestone Arena event, it still evoked emotion considering the one-year anniversary had recently passed.
Alan Jackson's timeless performance the fall of 2002 still ranks among the most impressive concerts in Arena history.
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones awed the Bridgestone Arena crowd in 2002.
|MOVES LIKE JAGGER |
The list of bands that span half a century is sure to be a short one. The list of rock ‘n’ roll bands over that same amount of time is sure to be even shorter. But with 50 years of hits under their belt, it’s a distinction that legendary rock outfit the Rolling Stones can lay claim to. Even back in 2002, with just a mere 40 years of repertoire to pull from, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest of the Stones rocked a sold out Bridgestone Arena for two solid hours. At the time, Jagger was just a year away from 60, but he still performed like a man in his prime, spending the full 120 minutes jumping, dancing and belting out some of the band’s most famous tunes. The sold-out crowd was treated to a 21-song set that featured some of the band’s greatest hits, including “Start Me Up,” “Gimmie Shelter,” “Brown Sugar” and an electric, explosive encore of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
|HOMETOWN CHAMPS |
The SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament was held at Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 2, and it was the first of many to come. But the 2002 event still holds a special spot in the hearts of Vanderbilt fans. Led by Chantelle Anderson’s 18 points, the Commodores defeated LSU 63-48 in the championship game for Vanderbilt’s first title since 1995. And despite there being plenty of orange-clad UT fans in the arena, the Lady Vols were upset by LSU in the semifinals. Bridgestone Arena pulled out all the stops, catering to every whim and need from school and league officials, to players and media. The fan program featured an overhead photo of the arena at night, which depicted a bustling downtown. The event was such a hit that the SEC Women’s Tournament would again be held at Bridgestone Arena in 2004 and 2008. It will return in 2011 and 2012. And in 2014, the NCAA Final Four for women’s basketball will be held at Bridgestone Arena.
Hometown Vanderbilt claimed the 2002 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament, the first time the conference's Women's Tourney was hosted at the Arena.
The "Goddess of Pop" didn't disappoint during her 2002 Farewell Tour.
|CHER BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE IN FAREWELL PERFORMANCE |
With an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, three Golden Globes and a Cannes Film Festival Award to her name, there isn’t much the “Goddess of Pop” hasn’t accomplished in her storied career. Looking as youthful as she did when she began her career in the 1960s, Cher gave Nashville a show for the ages when she played Bridgestone Arena on November 13, 2002, in the fourth U.S. leg of her Farewell Tour. Cher pulled out all the stops in a show that featured agile dancers, intricate lighting, giant video screens, a multitude of costume changes, stunts straight out of Cirque du Soleil, incredible production and even a ride-able, life-size papier-mâché elephant. With this one-of-a-kind production, the legendary singer went out with a bang, proving that the pseudonym “Goddess of Pop” was more than just a clever nickname.
|NO PROBLEM FOR CHESNEY |
It was a big event, but for Kenny Chesney, it was a snap. Chesney headlined a New Year’s Eve show at a sold-out Bridgestone Arena and proved why he was well on his way to superstardom. Earlier that year, Chesney’s album “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” dominated the music scene and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. It featured megahits “Young” and “The Good Stuff.” The songs were performed during the New Year’s Eve show, prompting The Tennessean to describe Chesney’s performance as “absolutely entertaining.” Also performing that night were Montgomery Gentry and Keith Urban.
Kenny Chesney rang in the new year with his fans at Bridgestone Arena.