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The concert began with a spotlight on opener David Nail in the nearly pitch black arena. "Well, it feels damn good to be in Los Angeles!" he told the crowd before launching into 'This Time Around.'
"A few years ago, I was sittin' on a bus with a lady by the name of Miranda Lambert and I asked if she would sing on my record," David explained to the audience. "She did, and it's one of the truly amazing things that has happened to me." Then David sang the song in question, 'Strangers On A Train.' 'Red Light' got the crowd on their feet, where they remained for 'Again,' a cover of Clint Black's 'Are You Sure Waylon Done It This Way,' and 'Turning Home.'
Lady Antebellum members Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood took center stage for their first number, 'I Run to You.' Next up they were joined by their band for 'Stars Tonight' and three chandeliers appeared to supplement the giant window structure, giving the theater the feel of an antebellum plantation.
'This is the city of dreams and broken dreams,' Charles acknowledged with a laugh before the group sang 'Long Gone,' 'American Honey' and 'Love's Lookin' Good on You.'
"We love coming to California,' Dave said before introducing his groupmates. Then the band pulled out the upright bass, mandolin and accordion for 'Something 'Bout a Woman,' during which Charles gained even more of the audiences' admiration as he changed the last lyrics to "something 'bout those sun-tanned California girls."
"I was born and raised in Nashville and I've always been head over heels in love with music," Hilary confessed. "The first time I heard this song, I was a little girl and it made me fall even more in love with music. Now I'm 24 and I've had my heart broken a couples of times and I definitely understand it." She then gave a heart-breaking solo performance of Bonnie Raitt's 'I Can't Make You Love Me,' backed by Dave on piano.
After that, Hillary left the stage and Dave took a seat on a stool at the front of the stage. "I've had the opportunity to write with people in Nashville like Luke Bryan," he recalled. "I remember sitting on Luke's front porch about two years ago and we wrote this song. It was his first No.1." With only his guitar, Dave sang 'Do I,' which he co-wrote with Luke and Charles.
Charles got his turn in the spotlight with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'I'm on Fire,' which led into Police's 'Every Breath You Take.'
The trio reunited for 'Perfect Day,' 'Lookin' For a Good Time,' 'Our Kind of Love' and their debut single 'Love Don't Live Here.' 'Need You Now' became a sing along with the audience, after which Charles told the crowd, "Thank y'all for changing our lives with that song."
The crowd's roar was deafening as they impatiently awaited the group's return to the stage for their breathtaking encore 'Hello World.' The three musketeers were joined by their band for a curtain call before leaving the stage.
Lady Antebellum head to Salt Lake City and Denver November 2 and 3, respectively. Details here.