Once upon a time, our two favorite divorcees were married. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, of course. And each of them spent time on tour with Brad Paisley. Paisley is an incurable prankster who managed to pull off three epic pranks during those tours. Pranks so good that Shelton and Lambert would have to get remarried just to be able to join forces to get him back.
Brad Paisley Pranks Miranda Lambert
Back when Miranda Lambert was dating Blake Shelton, she spent some time on the road with Brad Paisley. And it seems that Paisley pulled a pretty mean prank. Shelton recalled the incident in an interview with The Boot.
“[Miranda] 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.'”
Paisley was correct. Miranda Lambert was mad. Shelton recalled warning him to lookout.
“I said, ‘Well, Miranda’s not the kind of girl that sits around and dreams up pranks,” he told Brad. “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.”
We don’t know if Miranda Lambert was ever able to get back at Brad Paisley. But she did kind of kick Blake Shelton in the nuts. So at least he knew who he’d married (and divorced).
Brad Paisley Pranks Blake Shelton: Take 1
The first time Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton toured together, they were both struggling artists. And they only played three dates. But the short timeframe didn’t stop Paisley from pulling a pretty epic prank.
In the same interview with The Boot, Brad Paisley shared how he managed it.
“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 said. “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].”
“You couldn’t get onto the bus without throwing up,” Blake recalled in a separate interview. “That’s how long it took us to find it.”
Brad Paisley Pranks Blake Shelton: Take 2
Unluckily for Blake Shelton, the chicken prank wasn’t the last one that Brad Paisley managed. When Shelton joined Paisley on his 2011 H20 II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour, Paisley was up to his old tricks. Only this time, the prank was much more public.
Blake Shelton was onstage singing “Honey Bee.” For a memory refresh, the chorus lyrics are: “You’ll be my soft and sweet / I’ll be your strong and steady / You’ll be my glass of wine / I’ll be your shot of whiskey / You’ll be my sunny day / I’ll be your shade tree / You’ll be my honeysuckle / I’ll be your honey bee.”
That last line is important. Because each time Shelton sang the words “honey bee,” a portly man dressed in a hilarious bumble bee costume (complete with tutu) flit onto the stage. He waved his arms and danced around Shelton, who managed to get though his song without missing much of a beat. (Though his smile was so wide you could see his dimples from the audience.)
It was clear that the man was supposed to be there, because security didn’t even attempt to remove him. Brad Paisley had struck again.
Shelton Fell Flat
Blake Shelton didn’t manage to get Paisley back with anything as good. All he managed to do was tease him about the tour name in The Boot interview. “What’s wrong with Brad Paisley that he can’t think of a new name for his tour?,” he asked. “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.”
Despite the fact that both Shelton and Lambert had been previous prey for Paisley pranks, they both still love and respect him. In fact, Shelton shared that Miranda Lambert encouraged him to join the Paisley tour.
“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,” Shelton recalled. “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.'”
And in spite of the honey bee prank, he was.
Separate Ways, Separate Tour
Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, and Blake Shelton have now all gone their separate ways in their tours. (And obviously Lambert and Shelton went their separate ways in their marriage.) But their stories from the road are part of what makes us love the community of country music so much.
And even though they aren’t together, all three are touring this year. Miranda Lambert has her Livin’ Like Hippies tour (followed by a co-tour with Little Big Town). Blake Shelton has dates for his Country Music Freaks. And Brad Paisley is on the road with his Weekend Warrior World Tour. We can’t wait to see them live. And we can’t wait to hear all their tour stories.
You can see the “Honey Bee” prank in the video below. And be sure to post your comments about the Paisley pranks!