This duet with Tim McGraw is the debut single from Kenny Chesney's thirteenth studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl. Nashville record label politics prevented the two long-term friends from collaborating on a radio single, but once McGraw ended his two-decade relationship with Curb, he had the freedom to record and release music with whomever he wanted. The two pals debuted this rocker about feeling like a rock star after a long and hard working week during the ACM Awards on April 1, 2012.
This was Chesney and McGraw's second recorded duet, though their first to be released as a single. The duo previously collaborated on "I Can't Go There," a track from Chesney's 2002 album, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.
The song debuted at #13 on Hot Country Songs, marking the second-highest new entry since BDS began monitoring data in January 1990. So what song had the highest arrival? Garth Brooks bulleted straight in at #1 with "More Than a Memory " in September 2007.
The song was written by Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson. Chesney said the first time he heard the tune, he knew that he wanted to record it, as it was so relatable. "It describes my fan base to a T because my road family, we have always worked very hard, but we've always lived by the theory of we work really hard and play harder," he explained. "It seemed to work for us. I think that defines a lot of the people that have spent a lot of summers with us out there on the road. The first time I heard 'Feel Like a Rock Star,' I knew I was gonna record it because it defined everything that we're about out there on the road.
We see a lot of people out there that are letting loose, having fun, and 'Feel Like a Rock Star' describes them," continued Chesney, "but it also describes a thing that has turned into less of a show and more of an event, and that's our world out there."
Chesney said the song is relatable to all his fans. "'Feel Like a Rock Star' is completely non-judgmental because everybody does things different," he acknowledged, "Everybody has their way of living like a rock star or stepping outside of themselves to do whatever it is that makes them happy on a Friday and Saturday night. And it can be a wide range of things [laughs], and trust me, we see that from the stage. It's an eclectic bunch we have out there, and they do eclectic things to have fun."
Camille from Toronto, OhI like the song and yet.... I heard it for the first time today, Memorial Day weekend, and knew immediately that it's gonna be a big hit. It's also got one of those phrases in the chorus "whatever makes you feel like a rock star...." that's going to lend it to being used in movies and commercials and news clips...you get the idea. However, when I came to Songfacts and listened to it again, it started to sound quite a bit like another of Kenny's songs, "Summertime" (which I just love). I am a bit disappointed, because this song's got a similar musical intro, and a similar cadence to the verses and lyrics. Kind of like recycling an old tune.
Lukas from Reagan, TnI do believe this song has many Rock song references. For example "You can dress to kill, you can shoot to thrill" Dress to kill could be a reference to ZZ top's Sharp Dressed Man. Shoot to thrill is clearly a reference to AC/DC's Shoot to Thrill. And the line "There'll be diamonds in the sky and the radio screen" could be a reference to the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.