Brad Paisley stopped in Raleigh to perform in one of over 75 cities on his H20 World Tour which started on May 21st in Virginia Beach, VA and will continue onto 2011.
The Brad Paisley H20 Tour in conjunction with Hope Through Healing Hands, promotes the importance of clean water, while simultaneously educating consumers about safe drinking water.
On August 28, Brad Paisley had an accomplished list of opening acts including Darius Rucker, Justin Moore, Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia, and Josh Thompson. Having missed earlier performances from Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia, and Josh Thompson, the concert started on point with rising country music artist Justin Moore.
Moore opened with his famed “Small Town USA”, continuing on with “Backwoods”, “Back That Thing Up”, and “I Could Kick Your Ass”, all songs from his self-titled album. Underneath his modern rock ballads, the songs mirrored too much of the typical rural country boy theme. His performance for the most part, was clean and simple, eliciting not much excitement from the crowd.
Following Moore, was my personal favorite Darius Rucker, who played “Forever Road”, “Learn to Live”, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”, “Purple Rain”, “Only Wanna Be With You”, “The Craziest Thing”, and his acclaimed “Alright”. Upon these songs and a few more, the crowd began to stand, cheer and sway to the music as the Hootie and The Blowfish lead singer let it roll.
As the sun was setting, Rucker in his RUN DMC t-shirt, denim jeans, cowboy boots, red Nike hat and guitar, was ready to get the show started, and that he did. During his set, the production was incredible as the special effects from the background screen played music videos simultaneously with Rucker’s songs. Rucker blew the crowd away, me included, ending his last song with a big bang, lights out, and a long half an hour until the next performance.
Finally, country music superstar Brad Paisley made it to the stage introducing the H20 World Tour’s message, and getting the show started with songs like, “American Saturday”, “Then”, “Alcohol”, “Mud On the Tires”, “Waitin’ On A Woman”, “She’s Everything”, “I’m Still A Guy”, “Ticks”, and “Water”.
During “Water” the screen had a moving image of blue surf ready water, and the stage grew to two levels with Paisley rising to the 2nd level in much of his performance. Paisley having had eight studio albums released since 1999 to his most recent album American Saturday Night, released in 2009, was able to incorporate as many songs as he could from those albums to the stage.
Among the other songs he played, many elaborate, stimulating and quite distracting animated videos played behind him on the background screen. Paisley continued for two solid hours providing audience members with a loud, electric, and on point performance with a few surprises. Paisley who danced, sang and played on almost every corner of the stage continued to dance among the crowd. With almost every body at the Pavilion clapping their hands and singing heavily, Paisley concluded the Saturday night sold out crowd claiming his love
for Raleigh, North Carolina and his fans.