Lady Antebellum Looking to Create ‘Unique’ Moments on Wheels Up 2015 Tour
"We road-tested some stuff when we were over in Europe and Australia," Charles Kelley tells Rolling Stone Country. "We’re really going to try to find some cool moments in the show to bring [opening acts Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt] back up. We’ve always said it, the night is not just about us ... it’s a whole thing. I want people to be in their seats right when it starts, and I know they will be because we’ve got Sam Hunt! He’s kicking ass right now. I just want to create moments that are really unique from our other shows."
In addition to performing a lot of songs from 747, the trio hopes to provide audiences with some unexpected touches.
"We want to showcase what we all do well," Hillary Scott says. "I think it will be cross-genre songs, and who knows what we’ll come up with!"
"I’m trying to convince Hillary to pull out a little Shania [Twain] on this tour," Kelley adds. "I’ve got an idea: "Downtown" into a Shania song ... it's gonna be hot."
Before the release of their current album, 747, in September, the group had been on the road for close to a year. They took a few months off for band member Dave Haywood to spend time with his family -- his wife, Kelli, gave birth to their first child shortly before the album's release -- but Haywood says that the trio sees their career being very tour-heavy over the coming years.
"[This is] how we want to make our living for the 20 years: out there on the road," he says. "It's a big focus for us. We change the setlist almost every night, trying to find the perfect setlist for the perfect crowd. That's always been a priority."
The American dates kick off in Lubbock, Texas, on May 1. See a list of upcoming tour stops at LadyAntebellum.com.
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