Lady Antebellum Move Unnoticed Among the Brits
Lady Antebellum spent a triumphant few days in Great Britain, touring and making media appearances. And although they sold out the 2000-seat Shepherd's Bush Empire venue during the tour, they apparently were able to move through London undetected and decidedly under the radar.
Since they're still fairly new to the overseas crowd, the trio say they can stay out of the spotlight there much easier than on their home turf. "We got photographed one time coming out of a restaurant, but I don't think they knew who we were," Hillary Scott reveals to the BBC. "They probably thought we were Kings of Leon," adds Dave Haywood, laughing.
The group received an amazing reception from the Brits, though, and Charles Kelley hopes the turnout was a sign that country music is being received and embraced by a wider audience worldwide. "There is a stigma attached to country music," says Charles. "People say they don't like it, but things have evolved a lot over the years. I think people would really dig it if they gave it a shot."
One way Lady A help keep their global fans connected is through the weekly webisodes on their official website, something they are firmly committed to continuing. "There are so many fans that can't come to shows," says Dave. "But you can put a video up on a Wednesday and somebody in Malaysia, Japan or the UK can see it -- so it's a great way to stay connected with fans."
"We feel privileged that people want to go to our website and see a webisode. They're spending their hard-earned money and taking time out of their day and putting food on our table," adds Hillary.
The trio apparently didn't change too much for the British crowd: they still did their routine pre-show vocal warm-ups. And, reveals Hillary, "Dave checks his fly about 50 times." The crowd at Shepherd's Bush apparently held its own compared to their Yankee counterparts. "We heard a British audience might be a bit more subdued, but they were louder than some of our U.S. concerts," claims Dave.
Back at home, the band look forward to playing the upcoming Justin Timberlake & Friends Benefit in Las Vegas, for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The event is scheduled for the Planet Hollywood Casino's Theater for the Performing Arts on October 23.
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