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Friday was a night full of both touching moments and funny songs as only Brad Paisley could deliver.
The star singer and guitarist is known for novelty tunes about checking his lady for ticks, the more humorous effects of alcohol and choosing fishing over your wife, but his best moments were the heartfelt ones.
In the middle of his two-hour set, Paisley ran into the crowd of thousands at TD Ameritrade Park and jumped on top of the third base dugout.
There, he took a moment to make a tribute to the victims of the Colorado movie theater shooting.
“If you've watched the news in the last day, you know last night wasn't a very good night,” Paisley said. “This is for the victims of that.”
Playing an acoustic guitar, Paisley played one of his most touching songs, “When I Get Where I'm Going.”
Of course, sad and meaningful songs weren't the only ones he played. Paisley mostly stuck to his hits, which included fun-time songs such as “American Saturday Night,” “Ticks,” “Mud on the Tires,” “Alcohol,” “I'm Gonna Miss Her,” “I'm Still a Guy,” “Online” and “Celebrity.”
“Welcome to the weekend, Omaha,” Paisley said. “It is so great to be here in the great state of Nebraska.”
My favorite thing to watch Paisley do is play the guitar. Though he's known as a singer, he knows his way around the fretboard.
He played at least five Fender Telecasters decorated in paisley-patterned pick guards as well as a few other electric acoustic guitars.
Paisley plays country-and-western guitar at lightning-fast speed in styles reminiscent of Buck Owens, sort of like a country-styled Eddie Van Halen.
It's a rare musician in country or rock who plays lead guitar, sings incredibly well and can also have enough stage presence to entertain a crowd the way that Paisley does. Even if you don't like his style of music, you can't deny his talent.
Unlike many other country artists, he doesn't try to push his songs into pop or rock territory. He keeps it country.
Even rock musicians like his style. A famous guitarist from one of Saturday's bands made a cameo, which was a cool way to close the set.
During the finale song, “Alcohol,” Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille hopped onstage and had a guitar solo battle with Paisley.
Fans may not have been as tuned into the guitar work as me. Teenage girls screamed when he started the show with “Camouflage” and everyone in the audience seemed to know the words to “Water” and “Remind Me,” a duet with Carrie Underwood that featured a realistic projection of the female vocalist and entertainer of the year award winner that may have even fooled some fans.
Opening act The Band Perry also got a warm reception from the crowd. The band of siblings is one of the hottest acts in country right now, and the audience greeted them that way.
Of course, it didn't hurt that singer Kimberly Perry wore a Huskers T-shirt onstage.
Perry made an appearance later when Paisley played “Whiskey Lullaby,” which was originally a duet with Alison Krauss. On Friday, Perry joined Paisley onstage to sing Krauss' verse.
The song drew one of the biggest reactions from the audience. “Waitin' on a Woman,” which features the late Andy Griffith, “Old Alabama” and “This Is Country Music” did as well.
As for Paisley, he seemed to enjoy the venue, which he praised multiple times throughout the concert.
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