You know how the old saying goes, "the show must go on!" That saying is one Brad Paisley took to heart during a recent, and rather challenging, concert stop in Wichita, Kansas.
On Thursday (Feb. 25), Paisley and his opening acts, Cam and Eric Paslay were set to perform at the Intrust Bank Arena. The three country stars have been touring together as part of Paisley's Crushin' It Tour, which continues through most of 2016. Although the three artists have been touring together for some time now, they experienced a rough night in Wichita.
Prior to the show, both Cam and Paslay came down with the flu, and Cam was so sick that she made the decision to cancel her performance. Despite being sick himself, Paslay still took the stage as the only opening act for Paisley.
KFDI radio host JJ Hayes told All Access that Paslay walked on stage with a small, plastic trash can, just in case. Even though the audience could clearly tell that Paslay wasn't feeling well, he still delivered a high-quality performance:
"You could tell [he] was struggling, but didn't miss a note. It was the type of performance that earns respect. He did have a small plastic trash can on stage with him and joked, 'Who knows, maybe we'll have a great YouTube moment if I have to use it.' At the end of his set, he walked off stage waving the trash can high in victory, because he didn't have to use it."
Cam's absence also required Paisley to perform an extended set, with the exclusion of "Whiskey Lullaby," which him and Cam have been performing as a duet.
In addition to Cam and Paslay feeling under the weather, the concert was also affected by a mass shooting that took place in Kansas a few hours prior. Some of the radio station staff had to leave the concert to go cover the story, and Paisley had to figure out how to address the shooting on stage.
KFDI's Carol Hughes told All Access that "Before the show [Paisley and I] were talking about the shooting and how he knew he had to address it from the stage Brad did speak a little about and reference the shooting. [He] said he was happy to be surrounded by love and people who love Country music."
Following Paisley's difficult concert in Wichita, the remainder of their concerts for the weekend went off without a hitch. Cam was feeling well enough to perform again, and completed her final show for the tour on Saturday (Feb. 27).
Tune in below to watch a collection of clips from Cam, Paslay, and Paisley's performances during a tour stop at the Tacoma Dome.
We wish Paisley and the rest of his team the best of luck with the remainder of his tour!
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