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I’ve added 14 photos to the galley (credit goes to AZCentral.com) of Lady Antebellum performing last night in Phoenix, AZ. A review and the set list from the show is also posted below along with a video of Lady Antebellum all decked out in their Halloween costumes…I’ll let you guess who they are!!!
The three members of Lady Antebellum announced a few times during their Phoenix concert on Halloween that they’re on their first headlining tour, as if to hedge their bets against a less-than-overwhelming reaction from the audience.
It turned out that singers Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott and guitarist-singer Dave Haywood had nothing to worry about as they were embraced by a crowd at Comerica Theatre that was primed for the string of radio hits that have made the group’s two albums million-sellers.
Scott recently told The Arizona Republic, “We have a lot more to prove from the live-show standpoint.” The trio took a sizable stride toward earning its headliner credentials with a well-paced set that ran 80 minutes.
The lanky, air-guitar-playing Kelley and the good-looking, stiletto-wearing Scott created a smiling chemistry as they handled many of the lead vocals throughout an evening dominated by pop and rock, plus a little bit of country.
The two worked all corners of the stage and circled around to include Haywood, who would look at home in an indie-rock band, in the mix.
From the first chorus of the show-opening hit “I Run To You,” the three dialed in the tight harmonies that have enabled Lady Antebellum’s music to cross over to the pop charts.
Those harmonies powered other hits throughout the night, including “American Honey,” “Lookin’ For a Good Time,” “Hello World” and “Love Don’t Live Here.”
Kelley and Scott smoothly traded the spotlight, with Haywood showing off strong piano skills backing Scott on a medley of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Lady Antebellum’s “Ready To Love Again.”
The group has taken some heat for going overboard on cover songs in concert, and it wisely dialed things back in Phoenix. Scott’s take on the Raitt track was well-received, and the shorter version of the tune went just long enough.
The trio let its talented five-piece band go into full rock-and-roll mode several times, including “Stars Tonight” early in the set, a song that name-checked Bruce Springsteen and celebrated the joy of singing in “a silly rock-and-roll band.”
“Love This Pain” featured a raging rock-guitar solo, and “Hello World” built to a powerful, sweeping climax riding on piano and synthesizer.
Band members switched to accordion, mandolin, Dobro and stand-up bass for a countrified take on “Something’ Bout a Woman.” Elsewhere in the set, the toe-tapping “Perfect Day” and the funky “Love’s Lookin’ Good on You” delivered some country flavor.
But Lady Antebellum makes no apologies for the strong dose of pop and rock that has made it one of the hottest acts in the music business. (This year’s “Need You Now” trails only Eminem’s “Recovery” as best-selling CD of 2010.) And such songs as “Lookin’ For a Good Time” and “Love Don’t Live Here” delivered that million-selling sound in a big way.
Just as Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of country-pop outfit Sugarland have done, the members of Lady Antebellum no doubt will continue to polish their stage banter and add flash to their concerts as they get more headlining shows under their belt. (For starters, the Lady Antebellum stars, donning wigs and costumes, did a funny Halloween encore of “If You See Him, If You See Her,” which teamed Reba McEntire with Brooks & Dunn in 1998.)
But for now, Lady Antebellum is looking and sounding just fine at the top of the bill.
Singer-songwriter David Nail opened the show with a set of material influenced by the worlds of rock and country.
Lady Antebellum set list:
“I Run To You”
“Love This Pain”
“When You Got A Good Thing”
“Love’s Lookin’ Good on You”
“Something ‘Bout a Woman”
“I Can’t Make You Love Me”/”Ready to Love Again”
“Lookin’ for a Good Time”
“Our Kind Of Love”
“Love Don’t Live Here”
“Need You Now”
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