Lady A tour ends, playing to 1 million

Monday, July 2, 2012 – Lady Antebellum's Own the Night World Tour closed this past weekend by playing to a total of more than 1 million fans during the 85-city run.

"I remember how exciting and special it was to hear we sold out the first weekend of the tour back in the fall," said Charles Kelley. "I seriously had no idea that so many others would follow, especially places like LA and Chicago, or that we would be sitting here eight months later saying we played to a million fans. It doesn't even register."

The U.S. part of the tour ended Saturday in Milwaukee.

"What I love is the connection we made with all of those fans," said Hillary Scott. "It truly felt like we got to know everyone in the arena every night, which was one of our biggest goals when we started brainstorming on a paper plate last summer in Lake Tahoe. We invited fans up on stage most nights and just tried to get as close as possible to them...it was one giant sing-along each night. As a songwriter, it's so cool to hear the lyrics you wrote with your best friends in the back of a bus echoing back to you by so many people."

"We've definitely become closer as a band - musically and personally - over this tour too," said Dave Haywood. "We are really proud of our show and how much we've grown on stage. Moments like selling out two nights in our hometown of Augusta, Ga. with all our friends and family around are really going to make us miss being on the road this fall, but we're looking forward to working on new music and getting back into the studio."

A tour concept that started with a simple production sketch on a paper plate, the tour kicked off in Knoxville, Tenn. on Nov. 11, 2011 with an entourage of more than 100 people in 10 buses and 8 trucks who traveled more than 46,000 miles across the continent, hitting arenas and amphitheatres in 34 states and 6 Canadian provinces.

Upcoming stops include shows in the United Kingdom where they will also open for Bruce Springsteen in Hyde Park, and headline in Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden before they head to Australia in September.

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