Co-headliners Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker return to DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI for their Summer Lives On Tour.
Before allowing summer to come to an end, the Summer Lives On Tour continues on with a visit to the DTE Energy Music Theatre with co-headliners Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker. The 30 city tour also brings along show opener Russell Dickerson.
Russell opens the evening by taking the stage to the incoming crowd with a high energized performance while he plays guitar and dances for the crowd. Knowing he was coming to Detroit, Russell makes sure to wear his favorite Chevrolet “Heartbeat Of America” jacket to show his support in the company’s headquarter city.
Known for his debut single “Yours,” Russell introduces his current single “Blue Tacoma” from his initial album Yours released in October, 2017 on Triple Tigers Records.
The first of the headlining acts, Darius Rucker is next on stage as the crowd welcomes him to the legendary amphitheatre. Making a comment that he has been excited and looking forward to this evening ever since seeing Detroit listed on the tour calendar, he vows to make it a great evening for those in attendance.
The former original founder and lead vocalist for the award winning rock band Hootie & the Blowfish has converted to country music in 2008 and created another flock of followers among those he had already garnered. Since the musical genre change, Darius has accumulated seven studio albums consisting of 17 singles resulting in eight #1 hits.
During his set, Darius performs his array of greatest hits “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Come Back Song,” before calling out tour mate Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum for his current single “Straight To Hell” from current album When Was The Last Time. Relishing a moment from the past, Darius adds a few from his days as Hootie & the Blowfish with “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You” to the crowd’s appeal.
With his love and respect for music and Detroit, Darius pays tribute to Detroit’s recently deceased Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin with his version of “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” before ending his set with the Old Crow Medicine Show’s hit “Wagon Wheel.”
The co-heading supergroup known as Lady Antebellum arrives on stage and is cheered on by 15,000 of their Detroit fans as they start their show complimenting the crowd with their 2017 single “You Look Good.” The single is the debut release of their current and sixth studio album Heart Break.
The country music trio is made up of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. The Grammy Award winning group has been together since being united in 2006 in Nashville, TN. Since their inception, Lady Antebellum have released six studio album that have created 19 singles resulting in nine #1 hits.
Lady Antebellum is known for the trio’s harmonious songs that fans of all ages sing along to. As the show moves forward, lead vocalists Hillary and Charles alternate leading through a series of hits while Dave sings background and plays along with the band on the musical side of their spectacle.
Following in the footsteps of another prior country group known for their harmony vocals Diamond Rio, they mix in the hit “Meet In The Middle” to their own single “Compass.”
The show settles down for a moment at times for more of a slower ballad temple while Charles and Hillary face each other for “Just A Kiss” and one of their biggest singles “Need You Now.” Many in the crowd are seen grabbing their partners and holding them tighter while singing along.
Bringing the show back to an up-tempo, Lady Antebellum go “Looking For A Good Time” before Charles goes mixing it up with the crowd as he travels up an aisle in the pavillion looking for “Honkey Tonk Women” during a version of the Rolling Stones cover.
Closing out the set, Dave, Hillary and Charles are comforted knowing “We Owned The Night” as the crowd delivers an ear deafening standing ovation before exiting the stage.
With darkness upon the amphitheatre, a single light shines onto the microphone at center stage as Darius Rucker reappears with a guitar and starts the Hootie & the Blowfish song “Hold My Hand.” After getting the crowd’s attention, he is joined on stage with his band along with the Lady Antebellum band before eventually being accompanied by Charles, Dave and Hillary.
Not wanting to be left out from all the fun happening on stage, opener Russell Dickerson joins in with Hillary on her version of Deana Carter’s cover of “Strawberry Wine.” Everyone on stage joins in on the fun during the show closing tune of “Love Don’t Live Here.” Just as the Summer Lives On Tour continues throughout the remainder of shows, so does the love that music creates.
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Darius Rucker setlist:
- Homegrown Honey 2. Radio 3. Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It 4. This 5. If I Told You 6. Alright 7. For The First Time 8. Let Her Cry (Hootie & the Blowfish song) 9. It Won’t Be Like This For Long 10. Only Wanna Be With You (Hootie & the Blowfish song) 11. Hands On Me 12. Straight To Hell (with Charles Kelley) 13. Come Back Song 14. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (Aretha Franklin cover) 15. Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show cover)
Lady Antebellum setlist:
- You Look Good 2. Bartender 3. Our Kind Of Love 4. Heart Break 5. Dancin’ Away With My Heart 6. Compass/Meet In The Middle (Diamond Rio cover) 7. I Run To You 8. American Honey 9. Just A Kiss 10. Downtown 11. Lookin’ For A Good Time 12. Honky Tonk Women 13. Need You Now 14. We Owned The Night Encore with Darius Rucker: 15. Hold My Hand (Hootie & the Blowfish song) 16. Strawberry Wine (with Russell Dickerson) (Deana Carter cover) 17. Love Don’t Live Here (with Russell Dickerson)