Lady Antebellum Are Ready to Go ‘Wheels Up’ on 2015 Tour
Lady Antebellum are getting ready to kick off their Wheels Up 2015 Tour on May 1, and they can't wait to hit the road. The trio, made up of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, poured their heart and soul into every aspect of their new tour -- and it shows.
"I think this is our favorite tour," Haywood told The Boot and other reporters at a recent media event. "Favorite production, favorite staging and lighting. But more than that, I think we’re at the point in our career when we can put together a setlist that is pretty much all radio singles. That’s a really special moment for us."
The three artists spent the first part of the year touring Australia and Europe, and while they admit that they were ready for a break -- both from the stage and from each other -- they're now refreshed and ready to spend the summer together.
"If we had a dollar for every time any of us on this crew said, ‘I can’t wait to get on tour. I can’t wait to get on tour,’ we would be well off," Scott notes.
Given that the threesome and their families spend so much time together, it would seem logical that tempers would flare and fights would erupt from time to time, but they all insist that it rarely happens.
If we had a dollar for every time any of us on this crew said, ‘I can’t wait to get on tour. I can’t wait to get on tour,’ we would be well off.
"I can’t think of the last time we had a fight or a real argument," Kelley says. "I don’t know what that is, or if we've just learned each other's personalities and when to kind of lay off and when to press. I think for us it’s just mainly about talking about it. But I think, also, now we’re at a point where maybe we’re nine years in it, talking about what the future is, where we want to go, what we want our next record to sound like.
"We’re always looking forward to the next thing," he adds. "We’re at a point where we can talk about those things. It’s like a marriage. I've been married to these guys longer than I have to my wife."
In addition to performing together almost every night, Lady A also work together while they're traveling from city to city. For the first time, they're taking a fully equipped mobile studio with them on the road so that they can make the most of their downtime.
"We write everywhere," Haywood reveals. "We talk about it all the time, how much we’re writing and constantly having ideas that we’re working on. There’s always at least probably a dozen or half dozen ideas we have on our phone, floating around, ideas we need to get back to work on. So the road really becomes a place to do that. Last year, I had some equipment in a little tiny case, but this year, I got a full road studio built out, really."
The band actually has Haywood's new son, Cash, who was born last September, to thank for the upgrade.
"My son took over where the studio was," Haywood explains. "[In] the back lounge, we had a studio set up on Charles’ and my bus, but now that Cash is gonna come out a fair amount on the road, he’ll be back there hanging out, so I got a road case built for inside, for the dressing rooms. It’s a full Pro Tools rig, with great speakers, keyboard and a lot of great equipment and stuff, so we can write and record demos and really, I think, capture some great stuff. There’s a lot of downtime on the road.
"I just love it because ideas come at any moment in time, and I’d hate to not have a way to put them down," he continues. "So having a mobile studio on the road is an exciting way for us to write, capture something at one in the morning after a show or whenever an idea hits you, and be able to record it."
"I’m excited to be writing, too, with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt. They’re such amazing writers, honestly," Kelley says. "I think that’s what I’m more fired up about, is having those moments during the day, before soundcheck, where it’s like, Hunter’s writing by ... you might write your next big hit."
With each year that comes by, we’re more and more confident.
With several successful headlining tours already under their belt, including last year's Take Me Downtown Tour, Lady Antebellum say that they are eager to see how fans respond to their upcoming trek.
"Touring is something that grows and builds upon the previous year, almost more than anything," Haywood maintains. "And that’s what’s fun, is with each year that comes by, I feel like we’re more and more confident with having interactive fans, finding ways to get close, how to pace out the setlist, and I think that’s the part of the craft that we continue to work on every year and continue to build on."
"We honestly just feel like it is so representative of who we are, and that’s what we want to be the first thing we make at the top of the set," Scott says. "It’s our current single, too, and it’s starting to get played more and more every week, so I think that as the tour goes on, [people] will be more and more familiar with it. It’s the most representative of us right now, where we are and the longevity we strive for as the band."
Adds Kelley, "I think it will set the tone for the tour a lot. I think for us, this was the song that set the tone for the album. We wrote some of the other songs with that in mind, and it paced out the record behind the song "Long Stretch of Love," and we want to do that for the tour as well.
"I think it kicks off the night with a lot of energy and [is] really in your face and fun," he continues. "We’re going to be out all summer. This is our traveling summer camp, and it’s absolutely the best."
Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up 2015 Tour begins in Lubbock, Texas. A list of all of their upcoming shows is available on their website.
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