Country star Brett Kissel performed a duet of Garth Brooks’ hit “Friends in Low Places.” (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Storm pushes Brett Kissel off the bill, but Garth Brooks brings him on for duet

REGINA — Country star Brett Kissel didn’t get to play his opening act for Garth Brooks as the thunder rolled at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Friday, delaying the show’s start by two hours.

But once the skies cleared and the show finally got going after 9 p.m., Brooks invited the Alberta-born singer onto the stage for a duet of Brooks’ hit “Friends in Low Places.”

Brooks tweeted afterward that it “may have been the most fun ever singing ‘Friends in Low Places,’” and his Twitter account noted that Kissel will be booked to open for Brooks at a later date.

Kissel is no stranger to turning lemons into lemonade when performances don’t go exactly as planned.

When his microphone failed while attempting to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” at a playoff hockey game at Rogers Place in Edmonton in 2017, Kissel raised his hands into the air and encouraged the crowd to sing the anthem with him.

Kissel responded to Brooks’s tweet on Saturday, saying he was still on a high after their performance together.

“I now know EXACTLY what ‘Cloud 9’ feels like!!!!!” Kissel tweeted.

Hundreds of people were left waiting in the rain for shuttle buses or had to seek shelter in the Brandt Centre nearby as storm cells began developing late Friday afternoon, just as fans began to arrive for the first of two nights of shows in Regina.

Evraz Place tweeted the concert would still go ahead once the storm moved through, and fans gave a big cheer as the show got underway.

“I fell in love with Canada tonight!! You turned a stormy situation into a DREAM night!! love, g,” Brooks tweeted afterward.

Just Posted

Ad firm says controversial billboards promoting Bernier’s party staying up

OTTAWA — The owner of billboards currently showcasing ads that seek to… Continue reading

14 year old and family need community support after teen hit by car

A 14 year old and his family need financial help after the… Continue reading

Police say someone fired paintballs at people outside drug consumption site in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Police in southern Alberta are investigating after they say… Continue reading

Is federal carbon tax killing jobs? Experts say answer isn’t ‘black and white’

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government says the federal carbon tax is killing… Continue reading

New book assesses Trudeau government’s record of living up to pledges

OTTAWA — A new book arriving on the eve of the federal… Continue reading

WATCH: Snakes, lizards and more at the Western Canadian Reptile Expo in Red Deer

The 10th annual Western Canadian Reptile Expo is this weekend in Red… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Tuesday and Sept. 3 The Tony Connelly Singers provide an opportunity to… Continue reading

A look at policy areas scrutinized by a new book on the Trudeau government

OTTAWA — A group of two dozen Canadian academics took a deep… Continue reading

Father of suspected B.C. killer seeks access to video taken before son’s death

VANCOUVER — The father of a suspected killer of three people in… Continue reading

US tech industry becomes hotbed for employee activism

SAN FRANCISCO — When Liz O’Sullivan was hired at the New York… Continue reading

Jolie shares pride in son Maddox, joining Marvel movie

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Angelina Jolie says she’s “so proud” that her 18-year-old… Continue reading

Extinction bites: countries agree to protect sharks and rays

GENEVA — Countries have agreed to protect more than a dozen shark… Continue reading

Trudeau and Trump hold face to face meeting on sidelines of G7 summit

BIARRITZ, France — Justin Trudeau met face-to-face with U.S. President Donald Trump… Continue reading

Study reveals new details of overseas Cold War intelligence effort by Canadians

OTTAWA — Canada enlisted citizens who travelled to Communist countries during the… Continue reading

Most Read