Country superstar Brad Paisley brought his Country Nation World Tour to a jam-packed Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Friday, and he also apparently brought the heat.
Being a former CMA Entertainer of the Year, Paisley knows how to give a live performance and Friday night was no exception. Leading up to him hitting the stage the fans had a view of a very large video of the Space Shuttle Discovery awaiting liftoff on the launch pad and DeeJay Silver spun tunes for the crowd, and lifted off in a thunderous, fiery entrance.
Paisley isn’t touring off a new album, not yet anyway. But he did show off a few new songs, including the first song out of the gate in “Moonshine in the Trunk”, which will be the title track of his new album when it is released in August.
He also showcased “Four Wheel Park” as part of an acoustic set he performed on a satellite stage back behind the soundboard and close to the fans in the lawn section which also included “Then” and an updated version of “Online” for the Facebook crowd.
A guitarist extraordinaire, Paisley joked early about the weather, stating that any errors would be because of the high humidity - “I’m not drunk, it’s the humidity” he deadpanned. But it was hard pressed to find any mistakes as he easily flowed through songs like his current single “River Bank” and “Ticks” with no problem.
His sense of humor is also well known and is incorporated in so many of his songs, but yet not with an overbearing presence. He just likes to have fun and it shows, and is also infectious to anyone who listens to his music or sees him live.
Paisley’s guitar work is well known and respected among many circles and he loves showing off his skills. Need proof? How about a full version of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” as an instrumental? Well, that is part of his live shows now and it is amazing to see for any fan, rock or country.
It was the first time this reviewer has seen a Brad Paisley show without an instrumental from his “Play” album as it appears his DJ duel and “Hot for Teacher” cover replaced that.
His shows never seem to disappoint and are usually laden with hits from his extensive catalogue. So much so that he has had to cut some songs that some fans may be upset with, but when you already have a two hour show choices have to be made to keep the show fresh.
Paisley ended his show with his signature sign-off of “Alcohol with all the openers joining him onstage.
Aside from DeeJay Silver, Randy Houser had a rousing set himself that included his hits “Goodnight Kiss”, “Running Outta Moonlight” and “How Country Feels”.
Leah Turner had a nice set in support showing off her powerful vocals that included her hit “Take the Keys”.
Charlie Worsham opened the show.
Brad Paisley Setlist:
Moonshine in the Trunk
American Saturday Night
Southern Comfort Zone
Waitin’ on a Woman
This is County Music
I’m Still a Guy
Beat This Summer
The Mona Lisa
Then (Acoustic – B-Stage)
Online (acoustic – B-Stage
Four-Wheel Park (acoustic – B-Stage)
Mud on the Tires
(Duel with DeeJay Silver – snippets)
Dueling Banjos (Arthur Smith cover-snippet)
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover-snippet)
Life’s Been Good (Joe Walsh cover-snippet)
Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple cover-snippet)
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash Cover-snippet)
Beat It (Michael Jackson cover-snippet)
Money For Nothin’ (Dire Straits cover-snippet)
Let It Go (Idina Menel cover-snippet)
Sweet Child ‘O Mine (Guns ‘n Roses cover-snippet)
Hot For Teacher (Van Halen cover-full)
I’m Gonna Miss Her