Brad Paisley’s Life Amplified World Tour rolled into Kingston, Ontario with Calgary native Lindsay Ell and Texas-born Chase Bryant along for the ride.

When I was asked to make the 2 hour trek from Ottawa to Kingston to shoot this stop on Paisley’s Life Amplified World Tour, I called a friend who I knew would be up for a quick road trip. We hopped in the car and arrived in Kingston not really knowing where we were headed exactly. We ended up following a sea of flannel, cowboy hats, and scuffed boots and made our way to the Krock Centre which just happens to be located on “Tragically Hip Way”.  Huge hip fan here! It felt like Gord and the boys were opening the doors and inviting us in personally.

The place was buzzing with anticipation and an hour later I was being escorted into the pit, which in this case was also the VIP general admission area at the front of the stage. The thing with this kind of access is that being in and amongst die-hard fans during a concert is exhilarating but can also be a challenge for someone like me. You see, I am all of 5’6″ and getting some good clean shots away from my vertically-challenged position can be tough in the best of circumstances. I was comforted by fellow Tour Bus Entertainment photographer Bill Woodcock, who had just shot their show in Peterborough. Bill texted saying that “country crowds are different. You’ll see.” He was right. I didn’t have to use elbows. I didn’t have to bare my teeth and snarl. I just had to smile and ask if pretty please I could stand in front of someone to get a few shots. The seas parted, the fans sang along and smiled at me and even pushed me forward to get a better angle of Paisley at one point.
I was pleasantly surprised by the crowd and I was even more pleasantly surprised by the level of entertainment that these talented musicians brought to the stage. If you have the chance, don’t miss this one.
Thanks to the folks over at Jones Entertainment for including the Bus in this Tour!  We can’t wait till the next run of shows!
Renée Doiron / @Raw.Ren

LINDSAY ELL

Lindsay Ell Performs in Kingston @The KRock Centre – Photo: Renee Doiron

Lindsay Ell Performs in Kingston @The KRock Centre – Photo: Renee Doiron

Lindsay Ell Performs in Kingston @The KRock Centre – Photo: Renee Doiron

CHASE BRYANT

Chase Bryant Performs in Kingston @The KRock Centre – Photo: Renee Doiron

Chase Bryant Performs in Kingston @The KRock Centre – Photo: Renee Doiron

Chase Bryant Performs in Kingston @The KRock Centre – Photo: Renee Doiron

BRAD PAISLEY

Brad Paisley Performs in Kingston @The KRock Centre – Photo: Renee Doiron

Brad Paisley Performs in Kingston @The KRock Centre – Photo: Renee Doiron

Brad Paisley Performs in Kingston @The KRock Centre – Photo: Renee Doiron

Brad Paisley Performs in Kingston @The KRock Centre – Photo: Renee Doiron

 

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