Not only do fans know how much of a ‘Celebrity’ Brad Paisley is in the country music world, but now he can call himself king of the parking lot.
The ‘No I in Beer’ singer took over the grounds of Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis, Missouri, for a special drive-in concert experience organized by Live Nation. Hundreds of fans packed their cars and parked in close to catch Paisley jam out in a socially distanced setting. While busting out hits like “Ticks” and “Mud on the Tires,” fans gave Paisley a solid tailgate welcome as they honked their horns throughout the show.
Paisley posted a few sneak peeks at the show on his Instagram story, which expires after 24 hours. He took a selfie with the automobile audience with captions like, “Wow” and “St Louis.” Known for his quick wit and hilarious humor, the singer even posted a gorgeous post-sunset photo of the stage, joking that the last row was a quarter-mile from the stage and “that’s where the corona babies were made tonight.”
Safety precautions were put into place to keep all fans safe though, as cars were only allowed to have a maximum of four people in each vehicle and separated parking to promote social distancing. When Paisley signed on for the show, he wanted to make it known that his fans’ health comes first.
“My goal would be not to spread this virus to one person. There should be no spread from this. That’s key. I just don’t think it’s worth doing shows if we’re putting people at risk,” Paisley explained to the AP.
This marked the first time since March that Paisley has headlined a live show in front of fans. He thanked everyone for showing up, noting “how big a blessing it is to play music in these times.”
Paisley is one of several country artists testing out the drive-in concert experience after restrictions have been placed on music venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Live Nation also teamed up with Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi to perform similar drive-in shows, and Garth Brooks hosted a massive concert to thousands of fans across the country during his drive-in performance. Blake Shelton also has plans to pack the theaters in late July for his own version of a socially distanced concert.
Paisley will play again on July 11 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville and on July 12 at the Ruoff Music Center on July 12.