On Sept. 30 at the Fox Theatre in downtown Saint Louis, Lady Antebellum was in town for their first headlining tour titled “Need You Know” named after their smash hit. Lady Antebellum was formed in 2006 in Nashville, Tenn. and is comprised of Charles Kelley, Hilary Scott, and Dave Haywood.
I, being the avid Lady Antebellum fan that I am, had tickets the morning they went on sale back in June, and had been counting down the days to the concert since seeing them in June with Tim McGraw. The major differences with this show was that I had tickets in the tenth row, as well as a meet and greet pass waiting for me at will call.
After waiting in line in the Fox theatre’s lobby for over an hour for the meet and greet we were finally taken down a flight of stairs into a room below the floor seats where Lady Antebellum was waiting to sign autographs and meet the fans. While in line, all I could think to myself was, “Do not embarrass yourself!” and “Oh my gosh that is Lady Antebellum!!!!”. When it was finally my turn for my less than sixty seconds interaction with my favorite band, I was absolutely speechless, and they were nice as could be. Hilary complemented my headband; they signed my purchased 8X10 photo and we posed for a picture taken by a professional photographer.
After my star struck experience, I headed back up to the floor and to my seat to wait for the concert to start. At 7:30p.m., David Nail took the stage to open the show. Nail, a Missouri native played for about forty five minutes with a set that included radio hit “Red Light”. I personally have never heard of David Nail, with the exception of knowing the words to “Red Light” from hearing it on the radio, so I just tried to jam along with the rest of the crowd. Nail’s songs were heartfelt, but his performance lacked as he stood in the same position with his eyes closed and no facial expression the majority of the time.
At approximately 8:40 p.m., Lady Antebellum finally took to the stage, opening with their hit song, “I Run to You” from their first album. One thing that majorly differed from the last time I saw them perform,- not only did they own the stage, they owned the entire theatre. It was almost as though they had been headlining tours for years. Along with their five piece band, Lady Antebellum delivered an amazing hour and a half performance including all of their hits such as “American Honey”, “Need You Know”, “I’m Just Looking for a Good Time” and “We’re All Stars Tonight.” They also covered songs such as Luke Bryan’s “Do I,” which they co-wrote, “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin”.
The crowd seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show, standing up and dancing to a majority of the songs while singing along. From the sound of the screams coming from the packed crowd, I think it is safe to assume that Lady Antebellum exceeded everyone’s expectations and will be back in the future. I will most definitely be catching them the next time they are in St. Louis, and look forward to what is next for this chart topping group.