From the opening riff of his hit “Southern Comfort Zone” and the accompanying laser show to his encore tune, “Alcohol,” country superstar Brad Paisley hit all the right notes when he performed at Mile One Centre this past weekend.
Country singer Brad Paisley performs his hit single “Mud on the Tires” at Mile One Centre in St. John’s Friday night. — Photo by Tara Bradbury/The Telegram
Paisley played to sold-out audiences both Friday and Saturday night for more than two hours straight, and what he may have lacked in chit-chat between songs, he made up for by going to great lengths to ensure everyone — right to the back of the stadium — had a great time.
He walked through the crowd and performed a few songs on a stage at the back, and made sure visuals were never a problem: if it wasn’t his live performance projected onto the gigantic stage screens, it was a theatre show that could have been entertaining on its own.
Along with a comedy skit accompanying his tune “Celebrity” was a real-life cartoon mascot of Paisley, which paced the stage, shaking hands with audience members and dancing.
“That’s the sexiest Muppet I’ve ever seen,” Paisley joked, as his alter-ego left the stage.
Guests on the video screen included William Shatner, Merle Haggard, Alabama and a holographic Carrie Underwood, life-sized and so life-like singing “Remind Me,” her duet with Paisley, that audience members, for a split-second, grabbed their cellphones to take video and pictures, thinking she was real.
Paisley changed guitars no less than a half a dozen times during the show, each night giving one away to an audience member, along with his trademark white cowboy hat.
He took time to read signs held up by enamoured women in cowboy hats and boots in the audience, and responded to one, which read, “My man left me for “Duck Dynasty — Marry Me, Brad!” with a smile and mouthing the words, “I’m married.”
The only disappointment came for fans in the front row, who had paid about $145 each for a ticket: as soon as the show began, Mile One security allowed audience members from the seats behind to crowd the stage, turning the first row into the fifth, and taking away any luxury those who had paid the most expensive ticket price had of sitting down at any point, if they still wanted to see.
On the night I attended, I watched a fan who had left her seat to be nearer to the stage hold her iPhone up over her head for a good portion of the concert, so her friends at home could watch the show via FaceTime.