In the past couple weeks, I had the opportunity to see Brad Paisley’s Beat This Winter tour finale. My friends Lindsay and Ryan had two extra 8th row floor tickets and so my friend Chelsi and I joined them.
Prior to arriving, we read Brad’s Tweet which said “Cannot wait to play Nashville TN tomorrow. Big fan of the ABC show. Always wanted to visit there. I hope it’s just like on TV.” which is an obvious pun to the show his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley used to be featured on.
Danielle Bradbury opened the night with a similar set to the one she did on CMT’s Listen Up-which we taped a few weeks back. Chris Young was the second act promoting with his newest single “Ah Naw”.
However, Brad, in Headliner Fashion, came out with all the bells and whistles. From his excellent guitar skills to the amazing graphics and laser show which was used during “Southern Comfort Zone“, the production was elaborate and left the crowd wondering what would happen next. What did happen next was better than any hologram, Carrie Underwood graced the stage to perform their duet “Remind Me“.
One of my favorite things about Nashville shows, and especially those shows that end in Nashville, is that special guests always show up. Carrie Underwood was not the only one to pop up on stage as Randy Houser, Sheryl Crow, and Eric Close also made appearances as Brad closed the show with his hit “Alcohol“.
One thing I really liked about this tour was that it was very team oriented. Everyone seemed to get along well and everyone appeared on stage at the end-even Brad’s Mascot of himself-to support and celebrate the end of the tour.
After a great night out with friends and witnessing the live aspect of the business, I remembered being invited to the tour’s after party at SEEN night club as part of the CMT taping we did awhile back at the location. Although we did not stop by I heard it was a great networking night and that tour went out in style. This is all just a reminder of Nashville’s Golden Rule: its not always What you know, its who you know.