By Grady Smith
Updated August 25, 2011 at 03:43 PM EDT
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Kenny Chesney avoided one storm… and steered into another.

Due to the looming threat of Hurricane Irene, which is set to wreak havoc on the Eastern seaboard this weekend, Chesney moved a Sunday concert at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. two days earlier to Friday.

While most fans seem to understand, many aren’t happy about the last-minute decision.

“Most everyone I speak to is thoroughly disappointed at the unprofessional way this unfortunate weather situation has been handled,” said one fan on Kenny’s Facebook page. “How in the world do you expect fans like myself who rely on our day to day jobs to ask for a Friday off and find a babysitter?!?!” asked another.

Given the recent weather-related stage collapse tragedies at the Indiana State Fair and the Pukkelpop music festival, Chesney is being extra cautious about preventing another disaster.

Chesney’s choice to move the concert to an earlier date didn’t please everyone, but he was stuck between a cloud and a hard place—this is the last weekend of the Goin’ Coastal tour, and Chesney’s crew, stage, and band are all likely moving on to new endeavors, which would make rescheduling to a later date difficult.

“I want the last weekend of the ‘Goin’ Coastal’ Tour to be a great experience for everybody,” Kenny said in a statement on his website, “But I also want it to be the safest experience for everyone.”

Fans that can’t make the Friday show are being offered a full refund by StubHub, USA Today reports.


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