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Paisley sells out first weekend of tour

Monday, January 16, 2012 – Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality World Tour 2012 completed its first weekend by playing three sold-out shows before more than 39,000 fans with stops in Grand Rapids, Mich., Milwaukee and St. Paul, Mnn.

Special guests on the tour are CMA New Artist of the Year The Band Perry and 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.

On Saturday afternoon, Paisley performed before a smaller crowd at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. He sat in with Guy's All Star Shoe Band, performed a Guy Noir Skit and performed two of his own songs along with Life's Railway to Heaven with Keillor. Paisley tweeted following Prairie Home Companion, "It's surreal opposites day. Intimate live radio with pal Garrison Keillor at Prairie Home Companion, then over to the arena for my big circus."

Later Saturday evening Paisley surprised the audience by having rockabilly guitarist Brian Setzer, who lives in Minneapolis, join him on stage for two encore songs.

The Virtual Reality Tour continues this week with shows in Kansas City, Mo., Wichita, Kansas and Denver.

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