Lady Antebellum - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - May 16
This year alone, there've been plenty of enjoyable concerts, from Jimmy Buffet to Jay Z to Billy Joel. And though there's no denying the power of heavy-hitters like those three, we experienced something special this past Friday night at Hard Rock Live with Lady Antebellum.
The trio tightly packed high energy, humility, and humor into a show that was less than two hours long. On a personal level, we certainly harbor some nostalgia for the band's earlier tunes that we've listened to from the start, but from the moment they kicked off with "Compass" off their new album Golden, we swooned.
The music was heartwarming, all of it, probably due to a genuine sense of modesty exhibited by the members despite their fame. But also, because of some clever sonic moves. The band remixed "Our Kind of Love" with Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and, of course, that got the place really moving.
Graphics behind the act showed a lava like substance with burning roses that set the stage (literally) for "Just a Kiss." The multitalented Dave Haywood played piano while lead singers Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley sang. The chemistry between the two lead singers was so steamy that if we didn't know any better, we would assume they were going for more than just a kiss with each other.
Hillary, looking clean and classic with a white jacket over an all black outfit, kicked off "Perfect Day" with impeccable vocals. The backdrop exhibited a collage of the trio playing together and touring which made us want to hang out with the three after the show.
Charles got his time to shine in a personal favorite "Love Don't Live Here." His energy was through the roof as he walked down the aisle and interacted with audience, even taking a selfie with one fan. We controlled our every impulse to climb over chairs to lay our hands on him.
Hillary got a special request for "American Honey," saying, "Let's just have the girls sing." The stage turned honey-colored and the screen showed home photos of the band. Like all good personal pics, they were embarrassingly endearing.
Hillary had another request as she asked audience members to take out lighters or phone when launching into the tearjerker "It Ain't Pretty." As we tunelessly sang along, we felt like Hillary wrote that song about our own heartbreak.
After finishing their first number one single, "I Run to You," the trio moved down to a smaller stage to perform for those in the nosebleed seats. Without hesitation, Charles took a sip from a fan's Solo cup. "Damn girl -- got yourself a little something in there!"