Brad Paisley with Scotty McCreery and the Band Perry
On Saturday night, West Palm Beach's Cruzan Amphitheatre was stormed by an army of country music fans. The parking lot was crowded with heavily modified pickup trucks, beer-pong tables, and legions of Brad Paisley's devoted followers, all ready to get some mud on the proverbial tires and have a great night of $8 beers, guitar histrionics, and all American fun, courtesy of the nicest guy in country music. See also
Slideshow of Brad Paisley at Cruzan Amphitheatre
Opening the night was the winner of the 10th season of American Idol
, Scotty McCreery. The set was well received, and the 19-year-old singer appeared right at home in front of the near capacity audience, something that his time on Idol
certainly groomed him for.
After McCreery and his band cleared the stage, the Band Perry came out to a crowd that they played no small part in drawing. The trio of siblings have enjoyed the success of multiple singles from their now quadruple platinum selling debut album, and their performance was an exuberantly rocked-up departure from the gentle sounds on their most popular track, "If I Die Young." Though the siblings and their band of hired guns made sure to hit the singles hard, they also threw in some interesting cover selections, including a snippet of Tom Petty's "Free Falling," FUN's "We Are Young," and the entirety of Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls," the last of which had the audience on their feet to sing along, signifying the end of the dreaded, if standard, opening band stand-off.
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