Meaghan and I saw a concert at the Clark County Amphitheater on Friday night. After ten years of listening to Brad Paisley I finally got the opportunity to see him live and it was absolutely superb. Brad was accompanied on tour by Darius Rucker (former lead singer with Hootie and the Blowfish) and together they delivered a simply electric performance. When I first moved to Portland in early 2001, one of the first things I did was find a radio station I liked so that I had some entertainment on my rather long commutes. I used to spend upwards of three hours each day driving up and down the interstate between Gresham and Salem and 99.5 “the Wolf” accompanied me for many of those hours. One of the first artists I heard on that station was Brad Paisley with his first #1 single “He Didn’t Have To Be” from the album Who Needs Pictures and I’ve been hooked ever since. Having now released seven albums that have generated fourteen number one hit singles (ten of those consecutive), Brad has a great repertoire to draw from at the show. Despite the fact the we then spent most of the night on our feet, dancing and singing along, Meaghan and I were fortunate enough to have really good seats for the show; row 24 near the center.
The Clark Country Amphitheater has a massive stage. Brad took full advantage of a huge screen at the back of the stage. Throughout the concert it would project backdrops to silhouette the band both at stage level as well as a cleverly hidden second floor. It also served to provide coverage of the live performance, ensuring that you could see everything that was going on. Several times during the concert Brad came to stage front and then even walked out into the crowd to another stage set up in the center of the venue. This let the people sitting way in the back get a front-row experience for a few songs.
I’m so glad we were able to get such great seats and be a part of such a fantastic performance. I’ll remember that night for years to come. Every time I listen to Brad Paisley’s music now I’ll be able to think back and say “I saw him play this live.” Absolutely superb!