Posted by: Amy | February 7, 2010

February 5, Brad Paisley American Saturday Night Tour – Birmingham, AL

Several months ago while I was having a conversation about concerts with my mom, I asked her who she really wanted to see live.  Her answer was Brad Paisley.  I kept that information in the back on my mind and when I saw that he was coming to Birmingham, I knew that I had to buy tickets.  I mentioned in my first post that my mom was the person that took me to my first concert.  I’ve since dragged her along to several shows that I’ve wanted to see and taken her to a couple of shows that she’s wanted to see.  She has also had to sacrifice spending time with me because I used all of my vacation days to go to concerts without her and then didn’t have enough vacation days to take extra time off during the holidays.  She accepts all of this without even a hint of irritation.

I kept diligently checking Ticketmaster to find out the on-sale date.  In the meantime my friend Ashley joined Brad’s fan club.  She and our friend Lauren had both been talking about wanting to see Brad.  In early November when Brad’s fan club tickets went on sale, Ashley e-mailed me and told me that she’d bought her tickets and then asked me if I’d like for her to buy tickets for me, too.  She ordered my tickets, but we were left to wonder where the seats would be located because with Brad’s tickets, you don’t know where your seats are until you pick up your tickets the day of the show.

With the tickets ordered, I now had to keep the tickets a secret until Christmas.  (If you know me, you know that I’m not always good at keeping gifts a secret!)  I somehow managed to keep the secret.  I bought the Brad Paisley Christmas CD for my mom and managed to open the case without tearing the sticky seal.  I put a note inside that said that we had tickets to see Brad.  After opening all of her other gifts and with a little coaxing from me, my mom FINALLY opened the CD and found the note.  She was very excited and impressed that I’d kept it a secret. 🙂

The Monday night before the show, my voice started feeling a little raspy and by Wednesday, I had a nasty cough.  I made it through about half the day at work on Wednesday before I decided to go get medicine and rest.  I still felt pretty bad on Thursday, so I stayed home and rested all day.  I did go into work for a while on Friday, but no one would get close to me because I sounded so bad.  Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling 100%.  If I’d bought the concert tickets for myself, I would’ve probably stayed home instead.  But, since they were my mom’s and I knew that she really wanted to go, I sucked it up and decided to go to the show.

I met my mom and we made it to Birmingham about an hour before the show started.  Ashley had gotten there before us and called me to tell me where our seats were.  Hers were on the second row and ours were on the fourth row…not too shabby!!  We got settled into our seats and waited for the show to start.  I was so glad that we had real seats and didn’t have general admission.  I really couldn’t have been there if we’d had to deal with general admission.  Armed with my smuggled bottle of water, I was ready for the show!

Justin Moore came out and immediately kicked off the show with his rockin’ and suggestive “Back That Thing Up.”  Before playing “Small Town USA,” he thanked the fans for making it his first number one.  He also said that he thought that a lot of people in the audience could probably identify with the song since he was in Alabama.  He closed out the set with “Backwoods.”  He was all over the stage during his set and it was easy to see that he was so excited to be on tour with Brad and Miranda.  He’s got the potential to be a huge star in the coming years.  He’s got a traditional country sound and songs with a broad appeal to country listeners.

Justin Moore

Justin Moore’s Set List

  • Back That Thing Up
  • Hank It
  • Small Town USA
  • I Could Kick Your Ass
  • Backwoods

Justin Moore

Justin Moore

Miranda Lambert was up next. I am still surprised that she’s only had two Top Ten hits. That completely blows my mind. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time and I listen to her music on my iPod all the time, so in my mind, all of her songs are huge hits. I’m so excited that she finally scored her first number one with “White Liar.” She’s got so much talent and I have a lot of respect for anyone that writes their own songs! Her set consisted of a lot of material from her new album, but she also had a good mix of songs from the first two albums. She’s a fantastic live performer. She rocks out and sings with such conviction. My favorites from her set were “Kerosene,” “More Like Her” and “The House That Built Me,” which she announced would be her next single. She closed out her set with a rockin’ version of “Gunpowder and Lead” and as she left the stage, she flung her drink toward the audience.

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert’s Set List

  • Only Prettier
  • Kerosene
  • Famous in a Small Town
  • Dry Town
  • Dead Flowers
  • Stay with Me (Rod Stewart cover)
  • Maintain the Pain
  • The House That Built Me
  • Me and Charlie Talkin’
  • Sin for a Sin
  • White Liar
  • Gunpowder and Lead

Miranda Lambert

During the changeover between Miranda and Brad, security let people move up to the stage. People were jumping chairs to get to the front and people in the back were rushing forward. We decided to stay put, which worked out well. My friend Lauren bought a ticket at the last minute and had a seat on the 17th row. When they started letting people to the stage, I texted her and told her to come stand with us. This wasn’t an issue because almost everyone had vacated our row. In the chaos of seat jumping and trying to get Lauren to our row, I missed Brad’s entrance. He started out the night singing by “Start a Band” into a WSM Grand Ole Opry replica microphone at the end of the catwalk. After singing part of “Start a Band,” he moved to the main stage and the band kicked into “American Saturday Night.” Brad’s stage is so visually stunning. There are a lot of features to it including a very long catwalk and a ramp on either end of the stage that extends into the crowd. There were also ramps behind the drum kit and lots of screen and lights. His show is definitely a production and he went nonstop the whole night.

Brad Paisley

He rolled through his many hits and played a couple of songs from the American Saturday Night album. I always forget how much I like Brad until I see him live. I wouldn’t say that Brad is on my list of all-time favorite artists, but I do like him a lot. He’s got SO many good songs and he is ridiculously talented. He’s got a great sense of humor! Any entertainer of the year nominations that he receives are well deserved. He was all over the place all night. He showed off guitar skills and even had a whole instrumental song that was accompanied by an animated video of Brad as a superhero that had to rescue other country stars, including Reba and Kenny Chesney, who were in danger. Toward the end of the show, the heat and not feeling well were taking their toll on me and I had to sit periodically for the rest of the night. But, you can’t help but have fun at a Brad Paisley show!

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

It was a great night and I enjoyed seeing Ashley and Lauren!! My mom had a fabulous time, so now I’m trying to figure out who she wants to go see next! Brad is the consummate performer and entertainer and his show is well worth the money. If you get a chance to catch this tour, do it! It will be a fun evening and money well spent!

Brad Paisley’s Set List

  • Start a Band
  • American Saturday Night
  • Mud on the Tires
  • Wrapped Around
  • Celebrity
  • Waitin’ on a Woman
  • You Do the Math/Walk the Line
  • Country Boy Can Survive/I’m Still a Guy
  • Catch All the Fish
  • I’m Gonna Miss Her
  • She’s Everything
  • Instrumental (Turf’s Up, maybe?)
  • The World
  • Letter to Me
  • Dixieland Delight
  • When I Get Where I’m Going
  • Feel Like Makin’ Love/Ticks
  • Online
  • Then

Encore:

  • Welcome to the Future
  • Alcohol

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

View the whole album here.


Responses

  1. I’ve seen Paisley once in concert and it was actually a “private” show at the BJCC back in 2004. I was working for the Alabama secretary of state’s office at the time and was invited to attend the Alabama Poultry Association’s convention that day and to see Brad perform. Kind of a weird way to see a major performer, but he put on a great show and I guess that’s about all that matters.

    I’ve seen Miranda once before (when she opened for Kenny Chesney in Birmingham in 2009). I got to meet her that night before the show as well. She was very polite and soft-spoken. I’ll see her again when she opens for Brooks & Dunn in Atlanta at Lakewood Amphitheatre on August 22nd. She’s one of my favorites.


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