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Darius Rucker Says Paisley Tour Isn't All Wet

of the Oakland Press

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When the early May floods took out the facility that housed the stage and equipment for Brad Paisley’s ironically titled “H20 Tour,” Darius Rucker feared the worst. But the Hootie & the Blowfish frontman, who’s had platinum success with his 2008 country music debut “Learn to Live,” was pleasantly surprised.

“Brad lost a lot of stuff — I mean, the whole stage was gone, and they had to rebuild it,” says Rucker, 44. “He lost so many guitars and stuff, so I didn’t know if we were gonna go out this time. I really thought we were going to have too push it back and start later.

“But his crew did an amazing job of putting the stage together. It looks great. I didn’t get affected at all because they did such a great job.”

And Rucker, who’s putting the finishing touches on an as-yet-untitled new album he plans to release this fall, says he was pleased to see his country colleagues step forward to raise funds and provide support for others in Nashville, Tenn., affected by the “one in 1,000 years” storms.

“It’s like any disaster in America — it was great to see people pulling together,” Rucker notes. “A lot of those guys, Brad and Vince Gill, lost some vintage stuff, and if you want to go the other route, they lost some really expensive stuff. And they’re were just so cool about it.

“I guess that’s having your head on straight and knowing there’s nothing you can do about it. You can sit and be mad at the world or mad at God, or you can help somebody, and that’s what they chose to do.”

Darius Rucker performs with Brad Paisley and Justin Moore at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $39.75 and $61.75 pavilion, $33 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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