For more than a decade, Lady Antebellum has been a driving force in country music with a stream of consistent hits and summer tours. The trio, comprised of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, will once again take to the stage during the warmer months for their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour with Darius Rucker. While the concept of performing for fans stays relatively consistent, the band admits there are quite a few changes to this year’s touring plan.
“On stage, it’s still the same, but backstage is a completely different world. Kids running around… the number of devices, pack-n-plays, toys, inflatable pools,” Haywood shared with Willie Geist of TODAY’s Sunday Sitdown as his bandmates nodded on.
Between them, the band has six young children, with three arriving in 2018 alone. For Scott, preparing for life on the road with her four-year-old daughter Eisele and newborn twins is filled with a lot of to-dos.
“I know I’m kind of wearing a lot of hats right now with newborns at home, so it’s a lot of packing, like lists… checklists, because we’ll all be going together,” she shared.
While the band navigates the many changes happening among them behind-the-scenes, they’re also balancing their relationships with one another as they take on group therapy together.
“We’ve even done a lot recently, I mean, just getting back into this and the balance,” admitted Kelley. “It is nice because I do think when bands don’t talk and let out some of that stuff, it’s nice to have a little unbiased professional that’s like ‘Right there, man, your tone, you see why that probably hurts their feelings?’ and you’re like ‘Aw, man, okay.’”
Added Haywood, “It’s like marriage counseling.”
The band’s Summer Plays On Tour kicks off July 19 in Toronto, ON and will run through the end of October.