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Concert Reviews:
Lady Antebellum gives fans a perfect night at the Fox Theatre
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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DETROIT -- Lady Antebellum is headed for superstardom, and may, in fact, already be there thanks to this year's chart-topping, double-platinum sophomore album "I Need You Now" and crossover hits such as its title track, "American Honey" and "Run to You."

That made the Nashville trio's concert on Sunday (Oct. 10) at a packed Fox Theatre a special, "remember when" kind of quality, since it's clear the group will be playing places far bigger in the future.

And Lady Antebellum is making the transition from featured support act to headliner (it was out earlier this year with Tim McGraw) in smooth fashion. Sunday's 85-minute show was a crisply executed and overwhelmingly uptempo celebration of the group's success so far, with all three members -- Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood -- clearly relishing in the proximity of the small venue crowd.

The trio started on its own, playing the first verse and chorus of "I Run to You" before its five-piece band emerged from behind a scrim. The show itself included all but one track from "Need You Now," highlights from 2008's "Lady Antebellum" -- including roof-raising versions of the rockers "Slow Down Sister" and "Love Don't Live Here" -- and a handful of mid-show covers. Scott, accompanied by Haywood on piano, sang a brief bit of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" before seguing into "Need You Now's" "Ready to Love Again." Haywood delivered "Do I," a song he and Kelley co-wrote for fellow artist Luke Bryan, while Kelley debuted his version of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire."

And after an onslaught of rockers, the show ended with the three-hanky one-two punch of "Need You Now" and, as an encore, "Hello World." As the latter built to its dynamic crescendo, the Fox crowd could only return the salutation -- and hope it won't be too long before Lady Antebellum comes back, even if it's to a larger venue.

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