Just got back from seeing Brad Paisley live at the Tacoma Dome, near Seattle. Holy crap. What a show. I've never seen a country show before, unless you count John Denver when I was 10--my last three shows were Russian Circles, Weezer, and the Hold Steady--so I didn't really know what I was in store for. All of my expectations were exceeded. Incredible show. It was a very slick production, with amazing lights and all that, and it went off incredibly smoothly... Two hours and it never dragged for a minute. But at it's heart is Paisley himself, who is the real deal. That guy can shred. And usually when you see a band in a huge venue, you can't really even discern what the guy's tone is, given how gigantic the room is. But you could tonight, and he sounded fantastic. He had a row of Z combos displayed proudly front & center (has such a big star ever been so closely associated with such a boutique piece of gear?) and he'd switch Teles every couple songs, but impressively, you almost never saw the actual switch. He did play a red Strat with a rosewood board on one really pretty song tho. Have any of you seen him live? I'd love to know what that Tele with the maple board and tortoise-shell pickguard is; he played in on "Alcohol." Just a fantastic-sounding guitar, and probably the most traditional-looking one. I need to check online, see if the lovely Rebecca Dierks ever did a Paisley rig walk-through. Anyway, if you're on this website, I can say with some confidence you'd enjoy his show. He's a great entertainer, self-deprecating, funny, charming, and energetic. He has a top-notch band (especially the drummer), and he's just an incredible player. The two people I went with aren't guitar players and they both enjoyed it as much as I did.