Lady Antebellum is “Golden” in Chicago

As the glow of sunlight pushed its way through the ominous storm clouds that had been flirting with the Chicago skyline just minutes before, Lady Antebellum took the Millennium Park stage May 31 in celebration of new music and the imminent arrival of the very first Lady A baby.

“I guess she will decide when she decides to come,” expectant mother Hillary Scott told the crowd, patting her tummy. “We’ve been looking forward to this night for a long time.”

As bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood watched Hillary’s every move, eager to hold out their hands or pat her on the shoulder, Lady Antebellum delivered what they do best. From Hillary’s catchy vocals on “Downtown” to Charles’ impressive range on the new single, “Goodbye Town,” the crowd in attendance had plenty of reasons to stay on its feet. However, the album’s title cut suffered from a lack of attention by the Friday-night audience.

The group kept the energy up with favorites such as “American Honey,” “Love Don’t Live Here” and “Own the Night.” Hillary’s pregnancy even added acomedic touch to the flirtatious lyrics of “Looking for a Good Time,” providing a humorous visual for the singers' come-ons. But by far, the crown jewel of the night was the group’s rendition of “Need You Now,” as Dave’s piano talents shined brightly through the haunting melody of the song that made stars of Lady A.

When all was said and done, the show’s MVP was Hillary. To see this powerful woman glowing on the stage and full of emotion was a pure joy to witness, and perfect accompaniment to the group’s melodies.

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