Scotty McCreery Pranks Brad Paisley On Stage
Singer Dresses Up As The Headliner And Joins Him In Concert
Artists who tour with Brad Paisley rave about what a hospitable headliner he is, but they also confess to living in fear of what pranks Paisley will pull on them on the road or on stage. Scotty McCreery, who is opening Paisley’s current Virtual Reality Tour, decided not to wait around to see what might happen and, instead, preemptively pranked Paisley. He dressed up as the guitar slinger (that’s actually Scotty on the left, and Paisley on the right in the photo), and joined him on stage.
Of course, Paisley wasn’t exactly the innocent victim here. During his shows, Paisley has shown doctored photos featuring McCreery’s head on the body of a muscular man in a bathing suit, and he recently put a photo of Ernest T. Bass from The Andy Griffith Show on McCreery’s dressing room door.
And During Paisley’s nightly performance of “Celebrity,” the screens flash fake tabloid headlines including “Is Scotty McCreery Brad Paisley’s Love Child?” That’s what inspired McCreery to steal Paisley’s hat, add some fake facial hair, an electric guitar and a tight Paisley t-shirt, and take to the stage.
“When we thought the time was right, we put it all together and went out there,” McCreery says. “He loved it! He was cracking up. So now I am sleeping with one eye open.”
Beyond the pranks, McCreery says the tour with Paisley and The Band Perry “is going great. Brad and The Band Perry are great people. I couldn’t think of a better tour to be on. I’m learning a lot every single night. We’re having a great time!”
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.