Atlantic City, NJ — He has just a few double platinum albums, a truck load of awards, tens of thousands of fans, and, oh, by the way, a number one song, again. But even Brad Paisley becomes the ultimate fan when his idols, Restless Heart, are on stage.

“I think he was our biggest fan at each show,” said Larry Stewart, lead singer for Restless Heart, when asked about joining Paisley’s tour for three shows in late July, “a class act!”

Paisley first professed his admiration of the legendary Restless Heart when he hosted a Grand Ol’ Opry show on which they played in 2005. He also joined them on stage at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles this year. Asking the band to join him on his “Time Well Wasted Tour” for shows in New York, Delaware and New Jersey was inevitable.

“Brad was an incredible host,” Stewart said. “Not only did he instruct his crew to give us anything we needed, including using video screens for ‘Torch of Freedom,” he asked us to do ‘Big Dreams in a Small Town,’ with him in his encore in Delaware and Atlantic City.”

Paisley and Gregg Jennings, lead guitarist for Restless Heart, “rocked the house,” Stewart added, as the two traded guitar solos on one of Paisley’s favorite Restless Heart hits. There’s no doubt Paisley was staying close to the stage during the Restless Heart portion of the show.

“He said a lot of nice things about us each night and probably remembers more about the history of Restless Heart than we do,’ Stewart said, “specifics about events and the year it happened; what we were wearing; to every piece of gear Greg had in his guitar rack in the 80’s. Unbelievable!” (SE-EN Press Service)