Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 presented by Chevrolet just completed its first weekend by playing three sold-out shows before a total of over 39,000 fans in the blustery mid-west, with stops in Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and St. Paul. Special guests on the tour are CMA New Artist of the Year The Band Perry and 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.
“Paisley thrills with high-tech traditional country.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“A laser-lit profile of Paisley towered over the crowd before the man himself took the stage, backed by the sort of boundary-pushing high-tech gadgetry usually employed by U2. That was just the start of Paisley’s wizardry, as he transformed the St. Paul hockey arena into a futuristic thrill ride with a sing-along soundtrack.” St. Paul Pioneer Press
On Saturday afternoon Paisley performed before an intimate crowd at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He sat in with Guy’s All Star Shoe Band, performed a Guy Noir Skit and performed two of his own songs along with “Life’s Railway to Heaven” with Keillor. Paisley tweeted following Prairie Home Companion, “It’s surreal opposites day. Intimate live radio with pal Garrison Keillor at Prairie Home Companion, then over to the arena for my big circus.”
Later Saturday evening Paisley surprised the audience by having rockabilly guitarist Brian Setzer, who lives in Minneapolis, join him on stage for two encore songs.
The Virtual Reality Tour continues this week with shows in Kansas City, MO, Wichita, KS and Denver, CO. Live Nation is the national tour promoter. Log on to www.bradpaisley.com or www.livenation.com for tour dates and information.