By Johna Autencio
Photos by Andrew Hartl
Toronto was definitely needing some country music Thursday night when Nashville trio Lady Antebellum was in town for their Wheels Up tour. Singing to a crowd of almost 15,000 fans, Lady A’s concert surely did not disappoint.
The Grammy-winning band performed their old hits and new, to covers of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and paying homage to Canada’s country queen Shania Twain with a performance of “Any Man of Mine.” They even shared the stage with both of their opening acts, Hunter Hayes on guitar and Sam Hunt singing along with an epic performance of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” that drove the audience crazy.
Throughout their almost two-hour performance, leading lady Hillary Scott didn’t seem to have as much energy, but I guess that’s life on the road with a toddler. Unlike Scott, her other lead singer, Charles Kelley was frequently pumping up the crowd, chatting on behalf of the band and interacting with them by drinking beer from a show goer’s cup and taking plenty of selfies with his lucky fans that were able to give their phone to him.
And since the concert venue was outdoors, that meant lawn seats. Lady A’s guitarist Dave Haywood was responsible for moving their set up to the pavement for those in the lawn to get a closer look of the trio. Kelley even said that he could relate to those on the lawn because those were the “types of tickets he could only afford back in the day.” All they needed was an acoustic guitar and their microphones, which made it more intimate and close.
It was definitely a wild night for Lady A, Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt fans. Not only was the weather perfect for an outdoor concert, the country crowd was having the time of their lives and making the most of their surroundings. Perhaps it was all the booze that was flying around, but heck, that’s no surprise at a country concert.
Lady Antebellum’s Wheels Up tour continues until October 3, 2015.
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