Posted by: Amy | November 16, 2010

November 12 – Lady Antebellum, The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA

It had been just over a year since I had seen a full Lady Antebellum show and I was so excited to see them headlining. Their talent and harmonies are really something and the Fox Theatre in Atlanta was the perfect place to showcase this talent. We decided to avoid Atlanta traffic by taking the MARTA train to downtown Atlanta. This was my first visit to the Fox, but it certainly won’t be my last. The nearly 100 year old building has a rich history. It was originally built as the headquarters for the Shriners. The theatre is designed to look like an Arabian courtyard and is complete with a ceiling that looks like a twilight sky with twinkling stars and clouds. The atmosphere is so unique. I’m disappointed in myself for living in Atlanta for over three years and not visiting sooner. You can read more about the Fox here.

We arrived at the venue about fifteen minutes before the show started. David Nail was the show’s opener. He started with “Looking for a Good Time” from his I’m About to Come Alive album, but the arrangement was completely different from the album version. It was much slower and more soulful. Throughout the rest of his set, he played more songs from his album including his hits “Red Light” and “Turning Home,” much to the delight of the audience. During “Again” he did a mash up with “I Don’t Think Waylon Done It This Way.” One of my favorite songs on his album is “Strangers on a Train,” which features Miranda Lambert on background vocals. I think it’s one of his favorites, too. He’s played it every time that I’ve seen him. His set was very entertaining and I think that he really hit his stride just as his set was winding down, which was too bad. That man can sing and I could’ve listened to him for a lot longer. He really shows off his vocal prowess on “Turning Home” and the crowd was loving it! His soulful set was a great way to kick off the evening.

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David Nail’s Set List

  • Looking for a Good Time
  • This Time Around
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Again/Are You Sure Waylon Done It This Way
  • Turning Home

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Following David’s performance, the stage curtain was dropped and Lady A’s set was put in place. Soon the curtains opened and the band was standing in the center of the stage in front of a beautiful backdrop featuring a tree-lined scene as they sang “I Run to You.” After the opening song, the backdrop was raised to reveal a tall set of white double doors covered with a sheer white curtain. A silhouetted piano could be seen on the other side of the doors. Later in the show, the doors opened as the piano was moved to the front. From the start their harmonies were tight and the energy level was high. They started the show with several of their uptempo numbers and didn’t slow things down until they played “When You Got a Good Thing.”

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A little over halfway through the show, each of the band’s members was able to showcase his/her talent individually. Hillary started it off. She sang Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and introduced the song as one that had further solidified her love of music. The band left the stage for her performance, with the exception of Dave who remained on stage to accompany Hillary on the piano and sing backing vocals. Hillary flawlessly transitioned into the band’s song “Ready to Love Again.” Dave’s solo followed Hillary’s. He sat on a bar stool at the front of the stage and explained how he and Charles had sat on Luke Bryan’s front porch and written “Do I.” He played the song very well and it was nice to hear his voice alone. Typically, he only sings harmony on the band’s songs. Charles was last and he opted to play a blend of two cover songs, “I’m on Fire” and “Every Breath You Take.”

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After the band members showcased their individual talents, they regrouped and picked up the energy level once more. They played several singles and a couple of the peppier album cuts from each of their albums. They closed the show with a very moving version of the song that catapulted them to superstardom – “Need You Now.” When the song ended, they stood at the front of the stage and took in the applause and thanked the crowd before leaving. They soon returned and played their current single, “Hello World.” At the end of the song, Lady A and the whole band took a bow. But, Charles said that they weren’t ready to go yet and they played a medley of cover songs before wrapping up the show.

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Lady Antebellum’s Set List

  • I Run to You
  • Stars Tonight
  • Love this Pain
  • Long Gone
  • When You Got a Good Thing
  • American Honey
  • Love’s Looking Good on You
  • Something ’bout a Woman
  • Hillary – Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me/Ready to Love Again
  • Dave – Do I
  • Charles – Bruce Springsteen’s I’m on Fire/The Police’s Every Breath You Take
  • Perfect Day
  • Lookin’ for a Good Time
  • Our Kind of Love
  • Slow Down Sister
  • Love Don’t Live Here
  • Need You Now

Encore:

  • Hello World
  • John Mellencamp’s R.O.C.K. in the USA/ Wheezer’s Beverly Hills/The Romantics’ What I Like about You

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The whole show was wonderful and Lady A proved why they are one of the biggest acts in country music right now. The Need You Now tour is winding down, but I highly recommend that you catch them if they’re in your town! Here’s a link to the whole album.

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