Brad Paisley headlined a four-act show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center night, giving the crowd a full, high-energy show of hits, guitar work, and simple entertainment.
He opened with “Last Time for Everything,” a good first tune that set the pace for his set. Without any segue, he went right into one verse of “Purple Rain” — he’s a Prince fan, but this moment seemed a little forced — then morphed directly into “Old Alabama,” another smooth, high energy, car-driving tune that let Paisley show a few guitar moves.
Paisley can play the guitar, and we got a good amount of that — for some not enough. But he’s really about songs, and he ran through a slew of them, of which the audience sang to almost all. Highlights included “Online,” the country-speedy, and humorous “One Beer Can,” and the rowdier “Crushin It.”
The elaborate stage set — aaccompanied by themed video — included a bar on stage with patrons, which he integrated into his show. During “This Is Country Music,” he bent down to sign the hat of a boy. He then unplugged his guitar while the band continued, and handed his guitar to the boy in the audience. The crowd erupted. Perhaps this wonderful stunt is planned for the entire tour.
Dustin Lynch went on before Paisley, feeding off the energy already raised to a decent level by the bands before him. He sang early on his latest single, “Small Town Boy Like Me,” which brought the lower pavilion to its feet, where they stayed for his entire 45-minute set.
He followed with his hit “Seeing Red,” keeping the…
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