Brad Paisley kicked off his H20 II: Wetter & Wilder World tour in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday night (June 3), and while his dual personality as master prankster hasn’t surfaced as yet, he’ll be ready when the time strikes. The singer is busy looking over his shoulder since he pulled a really stinky practical joke on his tour mate Blake Shelton a few years ago.
Brad recalls a long weekend of dates the two had together when they were both “struggling young artists.” It was the first night, and Brad went over to Blake’s bus to hang out and chat. That’s when he pulled a prank, which unfortunately for Blake, wouldn’t be discovered for days.
“I had one of those stick-up air fresheners, and we stuck it under the table in the front lounge [of Blake’s bus],” Brad tells The Boot. “We replaced the contents with raw chicken. It was not old chicken at that point. It had no odor whatsoever. By Sunday, [laughs] they had found it, because they had to — the bus smelled like someone had died! They said they kept looking under that table, and all they saw was a stick-up air freshener and couldn’t understand what was making that smell, because there’s even an air freshener there. Finally, somebody [discovered it]. That was the last time we played with them … That was only three dates, and we have 30-something this year!”
“You couldn’t get onto the bus without throwing up,” Blake recalls, telling The Boot it was the worst prank ever played on him. “That’s how long it took us to find it.”
The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year is experiencing a bit of remorse for the stinky chicken. “I feel bad about that now. I kind of regret it,” Brad discloses. “I thought at that point that either one of us would probably not be around in 2011. [laughs] I figured I was safe. One or the other of us is going to fall off the face of the earth and no longer be a threat on the road, and here we go. I regret it just a little bit.”
Once the ‘Honey Bee’ singer stings him, Brad already has an idea of how he will retaliate. “I’m ready,” he says. “You know these one-day deal sites online, like Woot, Groupon and all that. Well, one of them had a great deal on something. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but I’ve already spent a couple hundred bucks. It’s a prank with Blake in mind. I’m preparing.
“We could do what we did where we sit down with artists and say, ‘Look, let’s just take it easy.’ That’s not even a talk we need to have, because it’s going to start somewhere, and it needs to,” the singer adds. “Anybody that comes to see these shows is going to expect a little bit of that from us. I would hope so. I mean, if you’re not, you don’t know what you’re doing or who you’re going to see.”
As far as Blake is concerned, he questions Brad’s creativity in coming up with a brand-new tour name. “What’s wrong with Brad Paisley that he can’t think of a new name for his tour?,” he asks. “Who says H20 tour II? Is he too busy that he can’t sit down for 10 minutes to think of a new name? Because it is a new year and a new tour.”
Brad should probably have someone keep an eye on his back, because Blake has a two-fold reason now for getting long-overdue revenge; he also wants to help his new bride, Miranda Lambert, get back at Brad for what he did to her on tour last year.
“She said, ‘I want you to do something to him to get him back for the stupid crap he did to me out there,'” Blake recalls. “She was playing ‘White Liar’ one night and [Brad] had gotten into the big screen behind and posted during her performance, pictures of me with other girls from the last few years, on the big screen behind her during her show. Afterwards, he goes, ‘Man, I think she got mad about that.’ I said, ‘Well, Miranda’s not the kind of girl that sits around and dreams up pranks. She’ll just wait until you’re not looking, and she’ll kick you straight in the nuts one of these days. That’s what’s funny to her. So, she made me promise that I would come up with something to get him back for doing that to her that night.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Blake continues. “Miranda toured with Brad and the one thing that Miranda and I talk about is what we’re going to do tour wise … so I talked to her about it. I said, ‘Man, I got this offer. What was it like?’ She said, ‘You have to do it. First of all, Brad and his crew, you’ll never feel more comfortable or at home. They’re class acts, and there won’t be any big dogging you out there. He’ll give you everything he’s got when you get on stage. He’ll make it comfortable, and he wants you to be happy out there.'”
Brad’s next performance will be Thursday (June 9) at Nashville’s LP Field during CMA Music Festival. The next stop on his H20 II trek is Saturday (June 11) in Cleveland, Ohio. Check here for a complete list of H20 II tour dates.