Paisley's hometown show at First Niagara delivers hits, humor
Brad Paisley put on an exciting and energetic show on Saturday night at the First Niagara Pavilion, which the native of Glen Dale, W.V., near Wheeling, considers his home venue. And his fans welcomed the country music superstar with hometown enthusiasm, a warm support that Paisley described to the audience as no-matter-what love and fandom.
Thousands of fans packed the Burgettstown venue and its giant lawn on a chilly, wet night, as Paisley — on the second stop of his summer tour — delivered a hit-after-hit set that lasted nearly two hours, after three opening acts.
Paisley has reached the point in his career where he has so many hits that a concert set has to omit some classic favorites, unfortunately, to make room for new ones. We missed songs such as “When I Get Where I'm Going” and “The World,” which are anticipated staples at Paisley shows.
But we're glad Paisley didn't neglect too much of the older hits, and we still got classic barn-burners like “Mud on the Tires” and “Ticks,” though the latter this time lacked the funky bug graphics that usually surround the stage with tick images.
The audience enjoyed the backing video for the new Paisley hit “River Bank,” the first single from his upcoming album due out later this year. The video shows Paisley in his motorboat, surrounded by women swimming and backed by a squirrel waterskiing.
Paisley's signature quirky sense of humor showed itself throughout the show, including during the fun song “Celebrity,” and its backing video showing the life-sized, bobblehead-like version of Paisley getting into mischief. Paisley gave us a funny surprise when, as he sang “Celebrity,” someone in the cartoonish costume from the video came out on stage to ham it up and shake people's hands. Paisley walked through the audience to a smaller stage for an up-close performance of a few songs.
A newer staple at Paisley concerts that has enchanted audiences for the past few years is the duet with Carrie Underwood called “Remind Me.” When Paisley sings this number, using a convincing holograph of Underwood on the other side of the stage, it's hard to believe he is by himself, and it is very convincing.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Brickman happily adds to pile of Christmas albums
- Jamison fans are still cheering on ‘Voice’ singer from Ross Township