Entertainment

Brad Paisley hits Taco Bell Arena Friday

Brad Paisley performs Jan. 25 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. He’ll be at Taco Bell Arena Friday, Feb. 2.
Brad Paisley performs Jan. 25 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. He’ll be at Taco Bell Arena Friday, Feb. 2. Invision/AP

Brad Paisley heads to Idaho for the second week of the monthlong extension of his 2017 Weekend Warrior tour.

Here is what to expect from Paisley:

Some guitar love

Paisley is well known (and respected) for his guitar-playing prowess. Fresno, California, DJ Greg Lane ranks him as one of the best players in music today. The guy has his own signature guitar — a Fender Telecaster with silver sparkle finish and black and silver paisley pickguard. It was one of five signature models Fender debuted at the National Association of Music Merchants showcase last summer.

For those looking to spend hours geeking out on his collection of guitars (and amps and effects pedals), a section on Paisley’s website is dedicated to his gear. Also, his Instragram account has had some guitar photos lately.

Hit after hit

The thing about Paisley is, he’s been doing this for nearly two decades. His first No. 1 single, “He Didn’t Have to Be,” was released in 1999. His latest, “Today,” was released in 2016. In between, he’s had enough hits that Billboard’s best-of list was limited to 15 and admittedly left stuff off. First on the list is 2009’s “American Saturday Night.”

Hearing them all performed in succession can be revelatory, Lane says.

“You will realize all the music he’s given us and wish the show wouldn’t end.”

Young guns

Country musicians are known for supporting young talent by taking them out on tour. Paisley is no exception.

The list of his past tour openers includes The Band Perry, Easton Corbin, Miranda Lambert, Jerrod Niemann and Parmalee. This time he’s bringing along Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell.

Lynch has performed as an opening act for Luke Bryan (who headlined last summer’s Mountain Home Country Music Festival and is scheduled to play in Nampa on Sept. 20 this year). Lynch’s latest album, “Current Mood,” was released in September. It’s sexy, according to Rolling Stone.

Bryant’s 2015 debut single “Take It On Back” was a top 10 single on the Country Airplay chart.

Ell was one of CMT’s Next Women of Country.

A surprise or two

Paisley likes to do this thing where he finds kids in the audience and gives them one of his guitars. He makes sure they know they’re expected to play it. He’s also been known to honor military service members from the stage. He did it every night of the tour last year. Then there was the time he invited a fan (and fellow guitarist) on stage to jam in Colorado.

The guy did four songs with Paisley’s band.

Boise concert

Brad Paisley: 7 p.m. Friday Feb. 2, Taco Bell Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $29.99, $59.99, $99.99 and $129.99. Ticketmaster. Opening: Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant, Lindsay Ell.

  Comments