Brad Paisley is feeling the flood's sting in losing so much of his music gear at SoundCheck, a storage and rehearsal facility in Nashville. Brad admits to EW.com, "I feel like I'm starting over from scratch, back to the days when I'd show up at a gig in my first year as an opening act with a song barely on the charts, with an electric guitar, an amplifier, a couple of pedals, and some cords to plug in. Everything that you see me play on a given night, other than my old '60s Tele[caster] guitar – I'm talking effects rack, wireless unit, microphones, amps, speaker cabinet - everything.
Brad tells LubbockOnline.com, "My guitar tech is spending like a broker on the stock exchange." Fortunately, the stage needs just a few repairs, and the system that runs the video production was spared in the flood. Looking forward to when the show actually goes on, Brad says, "This is going to mean so much more than some normal tour that we're embarking on."
Brad has found a new place to rehearse his upcoming H2O tour this week, since the original rehearsal space, at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena was flooded. Even though he lost a ton of gear in the flood, the show will go on starting May 21st in Virginia. Brad's even got a few tricks up his sleeve for the trek. He tells Entertainment Weekly, "There's a separate stage that goes out towards the front of the house or the lawn that looks like a big above-ground pool, so I'm gonna go out and do a set out there in the middle." No word on whether or not Brad will get dunked during the show like he did at last month's ACM Awards.
Brad'd H20 tour will be unforgettable coming out of the Nashville flood, rising above the devastation and moving on is something all of Nashville is doing and it is inspiring!