February 26, 2011
Brad Paisley @ Bridgestone Arena
This was my second time catching Brad in concert. The first time was less 2 years ago when I traveled with a team of Shure folks to Knoxville to do an ad shoot and video interview with him. I had a blast capturing that and editing it. Brad is quick witted and has a great sense of humor. That humor is very evident as you watch his show and the content of video material that is going on behind him as he plays. Brad has a great deal of input and works closely with his video company Moo TV. He actually produces some of the cartoon artwork that you see during the show.
As far as his stage is concerned, there are 3 runways coming out from the main stage, two of them at opposite ends, leading down to the crowd. There’s also a second stage out by the mix position. Brad loves to interact with his fans, and Shure’s UHF-R wireless guitar systems allow him to do that without any loss of signal. Back at the stage, he has 4 guitar cabinets covered by 2 KSM313 ribbon mics and 2 SM57’s. Rounding it all out is his trusty UR2/SM58 wireless vocal mic.
For this show, I was fortunate enough to have seats right next to the center runway and got some great iPhone shots (below). I also had my family in tow! It’s not often we are this close to the front row at a concert, so we really enjoyed it.
Prior to Brad’s set, I was hanging backstage talking with various crew people and I happened to spot Rac Clark (Dick Clark’s son) and said “Hello.” Rac produces the Academy of Country Music Awards and we have met briefly several times there. Stay tuned here for my Blog on that show in April.
If you have not seen Brad’s show yet, I highly recommend it. His band is top notch and he is a stellar guitarist/singer. You can also hear his Shure arsenal on his latest live release Hits Alive.