Brad Paisley Pranks the Band Perry in Kentucky
If there’s one thing you need to know about Brad Paisley before ever signing up to go on tour with him, it’s that the high-energy singer is anything but predictable. In a witty turn of events this past weekend, Paisley ended his prank war with young talent Scotty McCreery by not pranking the ‘The Trouble With Girls’ singer at all, instead going after the other young band on tour with him — the Band Perry.
While McCreery shook in his boots awaiting Paisley’s retaliation for his Feb. 25 prank (coming out on stage dressed as a Paisley lookalike), Paisley kept McCreery wondering, while instead going after the unsuspecting sibling trio. According to Dan Van of Albright & O’Malley, who was at the March 3 show, Paisley had someone in his camp Photoshop Reid Perry out of a photo of the band to add the face of Christopher Guest, who portrays Nigel Tufnel in the film ‘Spinal Tap.’ Then, he had more than 50 copies of the photo handed out to fans during a pre-show meet and greet.
Thankfully, the Band Perry were good-natured about the prank, chalking it up to just another day on tour with Paisley, and even signing the photo (featured above) by adding “Thanks Brad!!” Some fans were apparently none too pleased with the photos, even though they were free souvenirs, but the band reassured them, saying, “You tour with Brad Paisley, it’s part of the experience.”
And while the ‘Celebrity’ singer regularly has a handful of tricks up his sleeve, his March 3 wasn’t all fun and games. Paisley also took the time to raise money for the victims of Friday’s devastating tornadoes, taking a moment onstage to talk of the tragedy to more than 15,000 fans who had come out for the Lexington, Ky. show.
“I have to talk about what happened. We had some tornadoes,” he told the crowd. “The fact that you guys gave at the door, it’s really fantastic of you for doing that. Thank you for texting to donate like you did today. I know this community will pull together and get through this.”