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Despite unseasonably warm temperatures on Monday night (Dec. 3), the inside of Nashville's regal Schermerhorn Symphony Center more closely resembled a wintry forest. The stage was set for Lady Antebellum's first Christmas special, aptly titled On This Winter's Night after the trio's new holiday album, which will air Dec. 5 on GAC.
The Nashville Symphony joined the members of Lady Antebellum and their band for the special performance, which also included a guest appearance by students from Nashville's W.O. Smith School of Music on the album's title track.
Between performances, the trio cut up with the crowd and burned off nervous energy. At one point, Charles Kelley jumped around, explaining, "I have OCD." When Hillary Scott corrected him, saying, "You mean ADD," Charles laughed and said, "I have both." Then Dave Haywood chimed in, saying, "You have AC/DC," and the band and Charles launched into the rock band's classic "You Shook Me All Night Long" to the crowd's delight. The breaks in filming also allowed Lady Antebellum to explain that the special would involve more than just their performances and include personal stories not seen by the Symphony Center audience.
Prior to Lady A taking the stage, a cappella group Breath of Soul performed for the packed house. Their set included a medley of Lady Antebellum's biggest hits along with impressive covers of Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."
On This Winter's Night premieres Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on GAC and repeats Dec. 6 and 8. For more on Lady A's Christmas, including family plans, pick up the Dec. 24 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Dec. 17.