CHARLESTON, W.Va. --
WANT TO GO?
With Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: $40.75 and $60.75
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
Brad Paisley isn't sure if his show Saturday night at the Charleston Civic Center counts as the last U.S. date for his "Beat This Winter" tour.
The West Virginia native and country superstar said, "It might be the end -- unless you count the Houston Rodeo."
Paisley doesn't want to. No offense to Texas.
"They don't let you bring everything," he groaned. "You're kind of at the mercy of the horses and cows."
Paisley is proud of the tour. He thinks it might be the best production he's ever done. It's certainly one of the best-timed tours he's ever been part of.
It's been a miserable winter for much of the country, and Paisley is acutely aware it's been especially bad for the nine counties in his home state affected by the January chemical spill into the Elk River.
He's been following the story on TV. After it happened, he said he called people back home to ask what was going on.
"All of us felt completely helpless," he said. "It wasn't like when a tornado rolls through, and you sort of pitch in and try to help. It was, 'What are we supposed to do? It's the water supply.'
"What could any kind of celebrity do? We couldn't comfort anybody. It was a weird, weird thing."
So, Paisley watched, waited to see what happened and hoped the government did what it was supposed to: take care of the people.
Paisley believes things will get better. While it's not the same as living through a chemical spill, he was affected by the middle Tennessee flood four years ago.
That flood caused damage in 52 counties and killed 21 people. In Nashville alone, it caused an estimated $1.5 billion worth of property damage. Among other places, water flooded the Grand Ole Opry House, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and SoundCheck Storage, where Paisley kept his touring equipment and many of his guitars.
Ironically, when the flood hit, Paisley had been preparing for his H20 tour.
"I look back on that year as one of the best years of my life in many ways," he said. "We're stronger than we were. The Opry is renovated. People came together.
"It became, let's figure out who got hit and let's help them. Let's make sure they have a place to sleep if they don't."