The North American leg of Lady Antebellum‘s “Own The Night Tour” has officially come to an end. The tour, sponsored by GAC, featured special guests Darius Rucker and Thompson Square on the 85-city run across Canada and the United States. Lady A hit a milestone of playing to over one million fans on this tour, and they should be getting even more: they’re heading off to Europe and Australia for more Own The Night World Tour dates this Summer.
“I remember how exciting and special it was to hear we sold out the first weekend of the tour back in the Fall,” said Charles Kelley. ”I seriously had no idea that so many others would follow, especially places like LA and Chicago, or that we would be sitting here eight months later saying we played to a million fans. It doesn’t even register.”
For Hillary, the most important thing about the tour was the connection the group made with their fans:
“What I love is the connection we made with all of those fans,” added Hillary Scott. ”It truly felt like we got to know everyone in the arena every night, which was one of our biggest goals when we started brainstorming on a paper plate last summer in Lake Tahoe. We invited fans up on stage most nights and just tried to get as close as possible to them…it was one giant sing-along each night. As a songwriter, it’s so cool to hear the lyrics you wrote with your best friends in the back of a bus echoing back to you by so many people.”\
Newlywed Dave Haywood shares a little on their closeness as a group, and how they’re already going to be working on a new album together:
“We’ve definitely become closer as a band – musically and personally – over this tour too,” noted Dave Haywood. “We are really proud of our show and how much we’ve grown on stage. Moments like selling out two nights in our hometown of Augusta, GA with all our friends and family around are really going to make us miss being on the road this Fall, but we’re looking forward to working on new music and getting back into the studio.”\
The “Own The Night World Tour” had kicked off in Knoxville, Tennessee back on November 11th, 2011 with an entourage of over 100 people and 10 buses for the production of the highly interactive show, who traveled over 46,000 miles across North America just for this tour. They’re about to get even more mileage when the next leg of the tour visits the United Kingdom, (including a stop opening for Bruce Springsteen), Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden before heading off to Australia in the Fall.