Shortly after stepping off a hot and sweaty stage at a jam-packed Wrigley Field in Chicago yesterday, Brad Paisley took to Twitter to show his thanks for an evening that featured a duet (“Whiskey Lullaby”) with The Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry and some fantastic country-music guitar-shredding.
Sporting a white cowboy hat, jeans, and blue short-sleeved shirt, the 39-year-old country music superstar looked as if there was nowhere else in the world he wanted to be. After banging out hits like “Water” and trying his hand at a Chicago blues classic (“Sweet Home Chicago”), it sure felt that way.
The crowd filled the entire stadium and outfield, as well as every rooftop that aligns the neighboring streets around the iconic ballpark. The massive stage sat in centerfield, so Wrigley itself became the perfect backdrop for the large, loud show.
Whether it was “Old Alabama”, “I’m Still A Guy”, or any of his other dozen hits, the fans who came out to see Brad never sat down during his nearly two-hour set–which kicked off some four hours after the daylong concert first started.
If that wasn’t enough, Miranda Lambert‘s night was only getting started. Shortly after her set, she headed over to Joe’s Bar on Weed Street to help out Thomas Rhett, who was holding his own during a late-night show. Donning a backwards hat and T-shirt over the outfit she’d been wearing at Wrigley Field, and with a drink in her hand, Miranda seemed just as comfortable in front of 500 fans at Joe’s as she had the 25,000 at Wrigley.
– Steve Koscik / US99.5