Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton Bring the H2O II Tour to Massachusetts – Exclusive Pictures
Brad Paisley knows how to throw a party. When he and his countrified entourage pulled into the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., the full-on party vibe that roared through the crowd was almost instantaneous. But this was more than a concert. It was an all day fiesta.
The day started off with a second stage that boasted up-and-coming country artists Thompson Square, Edens Edge, Sunny Sweeney and the JaneDear Girls; but wait, there’s more! It was a real scorcher out there in the summer sun, so fans that were feeling the heat could take a ride down the slip and slide or cool off in the dunk tank.
Of course, all of this was just the precursor to the main event, the one-two punch of Blake Shelton followed by Brad Paisley. Shelton, with his recent run on TV show 'The Voice,' brought that same energy to the live stage. Most of his songs were accompanied by a story or two, and he even busted into a pop medley of songs featuring 'Play That Funky Music' by Wild Cherry, 'Centerfold' by J. Geils Band and 'My Prerogative' by Bobby Brown. It was a bit unexpected, but proof of Shelton’s good nature. Of course, he entertained the fans with his hits, as well.
Brad Paisley hit the stage next to play over 20 songs in two hours to about 20,000 of his closest friends. Paisley is one of those performers who is seemingly destined to be on stage. His personal demeanor, his interaction with the crowd and the pure joy he exudes have made him one of the most successful country touring acts out there today. It’s no surprise that he won a CMA in 2010 for Entertainer of the Year, along with Top Male Vocalist of the Year accolades for 2009, 2010 and 2011.
It would be hard to talk about a Brad Paisley show without mentioning his guitar playing. As he's a formidable player, the guitar was ever-present, slung around his neck like an old friend. Playing new songs like 'This Is Country Music' and 'Old Alabama' mixed in with old staples like 'Mud on the Tires' and 'Alcohol,' Paisley put on a well-rounded show that would please even the most finicky of fans. Paisley continues his H2O II: Wetter and Wilder World Tour through September.