By Christine Sharp
Seven-time Grammy Award-winning country music group Lady Antebellum presented a sensational concert at the sold-out Los Angeles Staples Center on March 27.
Every cowboy boot and cowgirl hat must have made it to the show because the crowd was almost as animated as the band was.
Lead vocalist Hillary Scott explained at the show that the band set up the stage so everyone could have an upfront and up-close feel, no matter where they were seated, and she was right.
There were three big screen monitors on stage, which focused mostly on the band, making every seat of the 20,000 person-seat venue, a good one.
The concert opened with Thomson Square, an up and coming country music band and was followed by Darius Rucker, whose performance got people on their feet with his unique style and raspy tones.
The lights grew dim and the crowd went wild as Lady Antebellum opened their “Own the Night Tour 2012” with the uplifting opening song off their third album, “We Owned the Night.”
The band welcomed its LA fans, and reminisced on their growth with memories at the Staples Center.
Several years ago, the band opened for Garth Brooks; two years ago, the band won five Grammy Awards; and that evening, the band was on their “Own the Night” tour.
Some new fans may have been disappointed that all of the songs from the third album were not sung. However, most fans were thrilled to hear the top songs from the band’s three albums performed.
Lady A included its top hits “I Run to You,” “American Honey,” “Hello World,” “Just a Kiss” and “Love This Pain.”
Halfway into the show, there was a surprise performer.
Ryan Tedder of One Republic joined Lady Antebellum in performing “Good Life.” The audience was ecstatic for the talented artist pairing up with the band.
However, the most crowd-pleasing act was at the very end of the concert. As soon as the piano keys played the beginning of “Need You Now,” the fans joyously cheered.
The way the song was presented was better than one could ever expect. It was performed slower than the CD version, more heartfelt than the video version and was truly a moving, breathtaking and tear-jerking performance.
The “Own the Night Tour 2012” at theStaples Center was a huge success. For now, Lady Antebellum is “Long Gone,” but fans had the “Perfect Day” where they “Owned the Night.”
Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker Perform At Staples Center
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