Back To The Future: Brad Paisley An Opening Act Again - For The Stones
June 18, 2015 at 10:12 AM (PT)
Iconic rockers the ROLLING STONES played NASHVILLE’s LP FIELD last NIGHT (6/17) and proved again why they’re often referred to as “The World’s Greatest Rock Band.” But hey – how about that opening act? Perhaps you’ve heard of the guy – BRAD PAISLEY?
When PAISLEY took the stage, those familiar with his own, iconic career wondered: When was the last time BRAD PAISLEY opened for anybody, only got 40 minutes, played in the daytime, in front of a smattering of people (that is, of course a relative term – this show was in a football stadium, after all), most of whom weren’t paying attention because they weren’t familiar with some guy wearing a cowboy hat?
PAISLEY played the audience like a Stradivarius, keeping the chatter to a minimum and the music to a maximum. He rocked the house, showcasing his guitar skillz with plenty of solos and gobs of panache. He brought out special guests, including CARRIE UNDERWOOD for a sizzling rendition of “Remind Me,” and by that we mean the actual CARRIE UNDERWOOD, not the hologram that usually travels with his tour. Late in the show, rocker JOE WALSH ambled on stage for “Life’s Been Good.” WALSH is a guitar hero, no doubt, but PAISLEY matched him riff-for-riff. They closed the set together, trading licks on PAISLEY’s “Alcohol.”
By this time it was dark, the seats were full and PAISLEY had clearly won this crowd over. He came out strong and ratcheted up his set at just the right times, ending big while standing next to a Rock legend, moments before the headlining Rock legends would take the stage. It was the absolute perfect entrée to the STONES, and added a very personalized touch to the their NASHVILLE tour stop.