DARIUS RUCKER AND LADY ANTEBELLUM KICK-OFF SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR WITH A BEHIND-THE SCENES LOOK EXCLUSIVELY THOUGH PEOPLE.COM
“One of the Biggest Country Pairings of the Summer” Bind Together For Memorable Opening Weekend with Special Guest Russell Dickerson
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jul. 24, 2018 – After years of friendship and months of preparation, three-time GRAMMY award-winner Darius Rucker and seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum launched their co-headlining SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR this past weekend to a defeaning welcome in Toronto, ON (7/19) and Cuyahoga Falls, OH (7/20). “With one of the biggest mainstream country pairings of the summer” (The Plain Dealer) it was “hard to imagine whose having more fun at the show – the fans or the acts on stage” (Cleveland Country Magazine) with a playlist-worthy set spanning over 20 No. One hits between the two. Today, PEOPLE.com shares an exclusive behind the scenes photo gallery highlighting Rucker and Lady A’s opening weekend as the run continues thrilling audiences across the U.S. all summer long.
“Charles, Hillary and Dave have been such good friends to me over the years – we even toured together once before during the summer of 2012,” explained Rucker. “It’s always exciting to be out on the road with our fans, but I knew it would be even more special with Lady Antebellum being part of the tour too. If the rest of the shows are as much fun as this past weekend, we’re in for a great summer!”
“We’ve been itching to get back on the road with Darius for a while now and we couldn’t have asked for a better opening run,” said Lady A’s Dave Haywood. “You could just feel the energy between all the bands, crews and fans. The crowds made a lasting impression on us and we can already tell there are a lot of memories to be made this year.”
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Rucker took the stage first, bringing fans to their feet with chart-toppers such as “Alright” and recent No. One “For The First Time” before Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum joined him for their collaborative “Straight To Hell,” the current single off Rucker’s latest album, When Was The Last Time. Lady Antebellum continued the musical celebration with hits of their own, including 6x PLATINUM hit “Need You Now” and current Top 15-and-climbing single “Heart Break,” with both acts uniting for a group encore that included a lively singalong of Rucker’s Hootie & the Blowfish classic “Hold My Hand.”
In addition to the critically acclaimed co-headliners, Triple Tigers Records newcomer Russell Dickerson opened the show with a punch of energy, treating fans to a dynamic set which included his chart-topping power ballad “Yours.” After wrapping the first weekend of the SUMMER PLAYS ON TOUR, Rucker and Lady A parted ways as the trio headlined the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Center, NY (7/21) and from “the lawn to the front row, a crowd jammed into the venue” (Buffalo News). Rucker reunited with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates for a one-night only performance in Atlanta, Ga. The tour continues Thursday (7/26) in Bethel, N.Y. at the site of the famed Woodstock festival, with 29 additional dates through October.
Photo Credit: Slater Goodson
About Lady Antebellum
The multi-PLATINUM trio provide an empowering call of independence through their latest Top 15 and climbing single “Heart Break,” serving as the title track from their No. One selling sixth studio album. Providing “a bedrock for the entire record” (Paste) as “Hillary Scott takes satisfaction in feminine independence” (NPR) with “a touch of darkness and a clever play on words” (Rolling Stone), the current release follows more than 18 million album units, nine No. One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including seven GRAMMY awards,Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. For more information visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
About Darius Rucker
Rucker first attained multi-Platinum status in the music industry as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist ofGRAMMY award-winning Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first country album in 2008, he has celebrated four summits to the top of the Billboard Country albums chart and earned a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY award for Best Solo Country Performance for his 4x PLATINUM selling cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” off his album True Believers. Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and Charleston, SC 1966, produced five No. One singles including “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” Southern Style, his fourth studio country album, featured his seventh No. One single “Homegrown Honey,” co-written by Rucker, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, and Nathan Chapman. Rucker’s latest album on Capitol Records Nashville, When Was The Last Time, features “If I Told You” and “For The First Time,” his eighth and ninth No. Ones on country radio, as well as current single “Straight To Hell,” a re-imagining of the Drivin’ N Cryin’ classic featuring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley. For more information, visit www.dariusrucker.com or follow on social media @DariusRucker.