Brad Paisley showed off his patriotism with an impressive concert.
Paisley rocked Nashville for a special New Year’s Eve concert on Sunday, July 4. He performed for a packed crowd on lower Broadway downtown. According to Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., the event drew 350,000 people in attendance.
Brad Paisley’s setlist included covers of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher.” He also performed his latest single, “City of Music,” and countless hits during his 90-minute set.
“What an amazing sight to see this street full of people — to see Nashville coming back,” Paisley said, according to The Tennessean. “This town was hit harder than anywhere. Tornados, floods, a pandemic to a bomb, we have weathered. We are here to celebrate the fact we are going to get through this better than ever.”
Brad Paisley invited Joe Bonamassa to the stage to perform “Old Alabama” before the encore “Alcohol.” Surprisingly, he told the crowd that they never worked together and they didn’t practice before the show. Then, Paisley invited Kelsea Ballerini to the stage to perform her song “Hole In The Bottle.”
“Thank you @BradPaisley,” Bonamassa tweeted. “What an honor it was for me to play guitar with you and your fantastic band tonight in Nashville.”
Meanwhile, Ballerini shared a video on Instagram of her and her husband Morgan Evans rocking out on side stage.
Along with Brad Paisley’s headlining performance, a handful of newcomers opened up for him. DJ Robert Luke, Priscilla Block, Regi Wooten, and Lilly Hiatt also performed.
“July 4, 2021, I’m never gonna forget where I was,” Paisley told the crowd. “I had been holding out hope in my mind that this would happen and here we are. I can’t believe it. Thank you for this memory.”
Brad Paisley’s ‘City of Music’
Brad Paisley‘s latest single “City of Music” pays tribute to Nashville. The song was co-written by Paisley, Lee Thomas Miller and Ross Copperman. The song details two starry-eyed artists trying to make it big in Music City.
Paisley told Sony Music Nashville that he created the song during the pandemic.
“It was just the best thing to do with the time that I was given,” he shared. “And I think when I was looking at the way music and live music, and Nashville itself was sort of put on hold, it made you really appreciate what we are. “
His goal was to create a song that encompasses the music that comes from Nashville.
“It was a lot of fun to try to poetically sort of put the way that it is that we create music in this town,” he concluded.