Blu-ray Review: Lady Antebellum - Own The Night World Tour

Country superstars captured live in Little Rock, AR
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In the short time since they formed in 2006, Lady antebellum has gone from playing acoustic shows at gas stations to headlining Lady Antebellum Own The Night World Tour Blurayarenas, selling millions of albums and winning numerous awards and critical praise for their albums. Their music blends country with pop and rock with tight vocal harmonies. Their lives shows are energetic affairs, with fans singing all the words to their many hits. A stop in Little Rock, AR, on their 2011 tour for Own The Night was documented and makes up the new Blu-ray, Lady Antebellum – Own The Night World Tour.

The Blu-ray mixes concert performances with backstage footage, videos with fans and clips from throughout the group’s career, including the aforementioned gas station show. Acapella backstage footage of the band leads off the Blu-ray before they take the stage to perform “We Owned The Night.” The group’s members – Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley rise up from below the stage during the song’s military-like drum intro and immediately showcase their strong harmonies on this pop country number.

“Stars Tonight” is a riff-oriented, country-tinged Rock and Roll track with Scott and Kelley trading vocals. The group proves equally adept at harder-edged material as they are with pop music. “Love Don’t Live Here,” the band’s first song on country radio, mixes a moody intro with jangly guitars courtesy of Haywood’s telecaster.

After a video interlude where the band decides on what shade of red to paint their piano, Haywood takes to playing it, launching into “Just A Kiss,” a power ballad done as a duet between Scott and Charles. “Our Kind of Love” offers country with a funk edge, as evidenced by the rhythmic piano and drum intro.

The show closes with the band’s biggest hit – and the biggest selling country single of all time – “Need You Now.” The band gives a strong performance of the song, which features images from its video on the screen.

Bonus footage includes a version of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” with Scott and Kelley trading verses and a medley of “Black Water” and “Midnight Rider” that includes special guests Darius Rucker and Thompson Square. The video is 1080i High Definition Widescreen 16x9 (1.78:1) with LPCM Stereo and DTS HD Master Audio Options. Both the picture and sound are top notch throughout.

In a very short period of time, Lady Antebellum has become one of the biggest country groups in the world. In spite of this, they still haven’t forgotten where they came from and deliver strong live performances. This is fully evident on Lady Antebellum – Own The Night World Tour.