Paisley ends national tour with a bang in Raleigh

Reviewed by Bailey Pennington
Times-News correspondent

 RALEIGH — Brad Paisley ended his “H20 II: Wetter & Wilder” world tour with a bang at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek on Sunday night.

An image of Paisley lit up the stage and brought the audience to its feet, until suddenly the “real” Brad arose from within the eager crowd. He took his time mingling with the ecstatic crowd before kicking the show off with his hit, “Mud on the Tires.”

Since this was the final show of Brad Paisley’s summer-long tour, many surprises and pranks were in store. Fellow tour members Jerrod Niemann and Blake Shelton joined Paisley on stage in costume as superheroes during one song.Paisley’s dog, Holler, even made a cameo appearance. Yet throughout it all, he never ceased to awe the crowd with every famous hit as well as his newer tracks.

During Paisley’s performance of the song “Eastwood” from his most recent album “This is Country Music,” a short animated film he created was aired, modeled after Clint Eastwood’s famous “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”Paisleyalso made a splash with his hit “Water,” the song that inspired the tour.

Paisley remained down-to-earth with the crowd throughout the show, even performing on a separate stage for a portion of the concert in order to be closer to the hundreds of people on the lawn. He performed a continuous two hours in order to give the audience “the show they deserve,” but took the time to sing numerous crowd favorites and play his signature electric guitar solos.

During the final song, the entire touring staff and fellow performers bid farewell toRaleigh, including North Carolina’s own Scotty McCreery, who told North Carolina that he “loved them this big.” Brad Paisley definitely saved the best for last on his Wetter and Wilder tour and assured everyone that he would be coming back.

 Bailey Pennington is a senior at Eastern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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