Brad Paisley Brokenhearted Over Brooks & Dunn Split
Brad Paisley is among the stars paying tribute to Brooks & Dunn for their Last Rodeo concert special later this month. The show will be filmed April 19 in Las Vegas -- the day following the ACM Awards -- and will air May 23 on CBS.
Brad is a big fan of the pair, who announced last year that they were going their separate ways after a successful 20-year run. However, he is thrilled about taking part in the tribute to Kix and Ronnie and has a particular song he would like to perform for them. "I'm going to do 'Welcome to the Future.' It says so many great things, and it would be perfect on that show. They haven't OK'ed it [yet]," jokes Brad. "[Actually] I think I'm doing 'My Next Broken Heart,' which is one of my favorites that they did."
'My Next Broken Heart' was the first song Kix and Ronnie wrote together after former Arista Nashville label president Tim DuBois put the two together. "I know that story ... when Tim DuBois brought those two guys in to write together, he said, 'I got this hunch that together you guys will have some great success that you maybe never could have had separately,'" Brad recalls. "He said, 'Go write something.' They went back and wrote and they came back and played it for him, and it was '[Workin' on] My Next Broken Heart.' And it was a fantastic song, great hook, which is just the greatest story of this guy going back out and trying to get back on the horse -- maybe that's the wrong way to put it. [laughs] But that began the whole thing for them, and it's a great old country shuffle and honky-tonk thing. It's kind of nice to sing that knowing that's where it all began for them."
Brad admits he'll definitely miss them when they're no longer a duo. "They'll leave a void," he says. "Hopefully, we can all look forward to years from now, whatever happens to them, whether they go on to do other things or whether Kix just sits around drinking wine. I don't know what they'll do, but whatever it is, hopefully, one of these years, before we all get too old they decide to go back out there and do it again."
Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum and Jennifer Hudson will join Brad in honoring the boot scootin' duo during the 'ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn -- The Last Rodeo' special.
Brad will also perform during the ACMs, where he is nominated for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist. The ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, April 18, beginning at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.