Brad Paisley helps cure the winter blues

Photo by Travis Fortnum

Brad Paisley performing at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

Brad Paisley brought his Life Amplified World Tour to Canada recently.

Paisley stopped by the Peterborough Memorial Centre (PMC) Feb. 3, where nearly every seat was filled with plaid-clad country music fans.

Concert goers got to spend a night drinking and dancing to a set list packed with some of the hits he’s put out in his almost 18-years in the spotlight.

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The crowd might not have filled every seat, but they filled the entire arena with their voices as they sang along to Paisley classics. Songs like Waiting on a Woman and Whiskey Lullaby, during which he brought Lindsay Ell (one of his opening acts) back on stage to sing the part originally recorded by bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

Born and raised in Calgary, Ell is no stranger to preforming in the Great White North.

Paisley’s second opening act, Chase Bryant, was a hit with the female fans. Bryant joined him on stage for a reworked version of Paisley’s 2007 song Ticks and the two took part in a guitar solo duet of O Canada that brought the whole crowd to its feet.

Paisley is a seasoned professional and although there was a missed high note or two, his sense of humour and celebrated discography seemed to make up for it.

"This isn't American Idol!"
“This isn’t American Idol!”

“This isn’t American Idol,” Paisley said to a fan, whose sign asked to be brought up on stage to play drums.

While the crowd got a laugh out of Paisley’s reaction, the fan did, in fact, get his chance to show his stuff during Paisley’s encore performance of Alcohol.

Paisley’s 2004 song Mud on the Tires may have only reached number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but it was undeniably the biggest hit with the crowd at the PMC.

“It’s probably his most popular song,” says Durham College student Bailey Craig. “It’s part of the reason I started to like country music in the first place.”

Craig is studying entrepreneurship and small business and says her concert experience was “absolutely amazing.”

“Being able to go and dance with people while singing your favourite songs is just amazing,” she says.

Paisley’s Life Amplified World Tour also had Canadian stops in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and wraps up in New York on Feb. 18 after 44 shows. The tour is expected to earn almost $12 million.

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Travis Fortnum is a second-year journalism student. He has a love for politics and is passionate about covering campus news, community events, and sports. Aside from the Chronicle, his stories have been featured in the Oshawa This Week, Brooklin Town Crier, Whitby Snap'd and on druhamregion.com.

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