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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Lady Antebellum has great kickoff to tour

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  • After a hiatus since July for singer Hillary Scott to give birth and to work on their latest tour, Lady Antebellum kicked off their Take Me Downtown Tour on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center.
     
    The concert, a four hour affair, kicked off with Kacey Musgraves.
     
    This isn't Musgraves' first time with Lady A. The solo singer also joined the group in 2012 in the United Kingdom.
     
    The start of the show wasn't kind to Musgraves. The crowd was cool for most of her act until she sang her single, "Follow Your Arrow," and finished up with "My House." By then, the crowd seemed to get into it more and was giving her some reaction.
     
    However, Musgraves seemed to be a bit out of it early on as well. She had problems getting the crowd to clap along or interacting with them during the songs on the stage. She also had a bit of a technical problem with her signs on "Follow Your Arrow," but the crowd kept yelling along regardless.
     
    Overall, Musgraves overcame a slow start by the crowd to have a good performance. You could tell it was her first time on stage in a while, but she shook the cobwebs off and showed that she will have a good tour ahead of her.
     
    The next singer, Kip Moore, knew how to work the crowd. He had plenty of energy and kept the songs moving one right after another, with no long breaks in between.
     
    The crowd was into Moore throughout his set, even when he slowed the set down for a song.
     
    I do wonder if Moore's stage set is for a larger stage, though. Many times throughout the performance I had the problem of not being able to see him as his light show went directly into my eyes multiple times.
     
    That minor hindrance aside, Moore's act really helped get the audience ready for Lady Antebellum to take the stage, and should be a great asset to the group throughout the tour.
     
    Then we come to the main attraction. Those that were worried that Lady A may be rusty after the break don't need to worry. Their set, which lasted almost two hours with an encore and a song with Moore and Musgraves,
     
    While Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood all had great performances, I especially have to call out Kelley's performance. His energy was running high throughout the night and really kept the crowd going. Whether it was going around the stage or taking a camera and going through the crowd, he was definitely the star of the night.
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    Lady Antebellum's set really didn't have any weak parts to it. They did some of the fan favorites, some new tracks off their "Golden" album, including the catchy "And The Radio Played," and even a few random pop songs in between.
     
    Overall, the concert was a great kickoff for the tour. Moore and Lady Antebellum showed that they're ready to get on the road again, and Musgraves should be a great opening for the tour as well after she gets warmed up.
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