By Pepper

In a show that could have just as effectively been called “The Guitar Players Extraordinaire” Tour, Brad Paisley’s Weekend Warrior Tour at the Honda Center in Anaheim Saturday night proved it was unforgettable, and one not to be missed.

Noting that he was “in the land of Mickey Mouse and the Angels,” as a nod to the Orange County venue, Brad was the epitome of someone equally adept at playing guitar as is penning clever lyrics, and both came into play for his show, which lasted over two hours, not including opening acts.

The bittersweet “Last Time for Everything” kicked off his set, which included comedic classics  like “Ticks,” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her (the Fishin’ Song),” but also the bittersweet, “Last Time for Everything,” the romantic “Then,” and the forward-thinking, “Welcome to the Future.”

“Online” remains one of his most popular songs, although he has changed the line about “MySpace” to “Facebook page” to make the tune more relevant to contemporary culture.

One of the highlights of the show was his acknowledgement and literal bowing down before four military servicemen, chosen by the USO, to represent their branches of the U.S. military on-stage. “It’s humbling,” said CPO Jose Deras, of his appearance on stage. “”When we’re forward, the music brings you back home, just for that moment. I’m thankful for his artistry.”

Special appearances included KITT (the car from the 80s TV smash “Knight Rider,” which also makes an appearance in the “Last Time for Everything” video) and Brad’s wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

To the delight of the crowd, Brad brought opening acts Dustin Lynch back on stage for “I’m Still a Guy,” Chase Bryant for “American Saturday Night,” and Lindsay Ell, donned in a “GRL PWR” ballcap, for a heartwrenching version of “Whiskey Lullabye.” All came back on stage for his encore of “Alcohol.”

Setlist:

Brad Paisley:

  1. Last Time for Everything
  2. Old Alabama
  3. Perfect Storm
  4. Online
  5. One Beer Can
  6. Crushin’ It
  7. This Is Country Music
  8. Love and War
  9. American Saturday Night (with Chase Bryant)
  10. Ticks
  11. I’m Still a Guy
  12. Celebrity
  13. Then
  14. She’s Everything
  15. River Bank
  16. Grey Goose Chase
  17. He Didn’t Have to Be
  18. You’ll Always Be My First (Cousin)
  19. Water
  20. Welcome to the Future
  21. Whiskey Lullabye (with Lindsay Ell)
  22. I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)
  23. Mud On the Tires
  24. Today
  25. Beat This Summer
  26. Alcohol

Dustin Lynch: 

  1. Hell of a Night
  2. Mind Reader
  3. Name On It
  4. Small Town Boy
  5. Love Me or Leave Me Alone
  6. Cowboys and Angels
  7. Life’s Been Good/Walk This Way/Pour Some Sugar on Me
  8. It’s a Great Day to Be Alive (Travis Tritt cover)
  9. Seein’ Red
  10. Where It’s At

Chase Bryant:

  1. Hell If I Know
  2. Pickin’ Wildflowers (Keith Anderson cover)
  3. Little Bit of You
  4. She Sets Me on Fire
  5. Take It On Back
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