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Lady Antebellum tickets sell out in record time

News 12 at 6 o'clock, June 18, 2010

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Seven minutes...that's all it took... and Lady Antebellum tickets were gone. The James Brown Arena calls it a record sell out.

They're the country group sweeping the nation and two of it's members are coming back home for a highly anticipated performance.

Their newest album has already hit triple platinum and now Lady Antebellum is kicking off their very own headline tour. That tour ends right here, where it all began.

"Go lady A!" Yells a group waiting for tickets.

Some waited through the night for their golden ticket. "I got here at 11:30 last night (Thursday)." says fan April Benson. "And slept here?" Asks reporter Katie Beasley. "I didn't sleep but, yes," replies Benson.

It's a chance to see Grammy award winning Lady Antebellum in their first headlining tour.

"I got third row and you can't beat that. I wish I had front row, but you snooze you lose I guess," says Jeff Avert, who got in line Thursday at 2:00 in the afternoon.

Two of the trio, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley grew up in Columbia County, and graduated from Lakeside High School.

"It's almost like living the fancy life through them. It's like... yes! Every time they're on the TV. When they say we want to thank our families in Augusta we're like, yes! That's us," adds fan and friend Ansley Barrett.

"It's been fun to keep all this stuff. This is when they played at Evans," Dave's father Van Haywood shows off a scrapbook filled with memories.

Van and Angie, Dave's mother, couldn't believe tickets to their November show sold out in a record seven minutes.

"Oh my goodness! My cell phone's going off, I'm getting text messages, I'm getting emails. The phone is ringing and oh, I just couldn't believe it," says Angie.

"You never know if somebody's gonna show up, so we were anxious and excited but stunned that it happened that quickly," adds Van.

And coming back home to Augusta was a top priority for the group. "Everybody kept asking, when are they gonna come to Augusta? When are they gonna come to Augusta?" Describes Van.

"They said, immediately we have got to make sure Augusta is on here. That's our number one place that we would like to get is we've got to go home to Augusta," says Angie.

"Here they are touring with Martina McBride," shows Van.

With awards and multi-platinum records piling up, the most important thing, Dave's father says is to soak it all in. "It's just been a great time to stay up and enjoy the moment because you never know how long it's gonna last," says Van.

But the fans agree, the wait will be worth it. "I would do it again. Next time I might be here a little earlier," says Benson.

The James Brown Arena is one of the bigger stops on their first tour. It seats about 6,000 and the others average about 3,000.


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  • by Tracy on Jun 23, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    Whether you love country or not Lady A is a great group! They have great harmonies and catchy songs. I am very excited to see them while they are here in St. Augustine!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    FOR THE TRUE LOVE OF MUSIC,EVERYONE OPINION IS TO HIS/HER OWN! FOR THOSE OF US OLD ENOUGH- PATSY CLINE, CONWAY TWITTY,KENNY ROGERS,LORETTA LYNNE, ETC. WERE ALL GREAT ARTIST. THOSE OF US OLD ENOUGH AND WISE ENOUGH-THE NEW GENERATION HAVE GREAT ARTIST AS WELL! LADY A BEING ONE OF THEM! MUSIC IS SOMETHING YOUR HEART HAS TO FEEL,NOT YOUR EYES ON THE WAY AN ARTIST LOOKS OR DRESSES!! TAKE TIME TO TRY TO APPRECIATE EVERYTHING IN LIFE- IF YOUR HEART JUST DOES NOT FEEL IT, THEN THATS PERFECTLY FINE, BUT DON'T BELITTLE THE NEXT MAN THAT CAN FEEL IT!!!
  • by Hummm on Jun 19, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    well you cant bring back the dead so get over it... with that said...lady antebellum is actually really good and im not a huge country fan
  • by Patsy Cline Lives on Jun 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    Hey Huge fan- If any of the folks I mentioned was to appear in Augusta I daresay the place would be jammed. See, they are all dead. That said-I hope LA adds a second show. My wife and daughter wanted tickets and didn't get any.
  • by teddy Location: martinez on Jun 18, 2010 at 02:01 PM
    got my 10 tickets and its all good............
  • by Frances Location: NA on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    I think that lady a needs to do a second concert. Its a simple thing as Supply and Demand! You supply us 1 day... and the Demand was sooo high it left some of us out. If you supply us with another date.. we are SURE to sell it out too! That's how good the Demand is here! Thank you!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM
    It would have been nice for them to have to nights in Augusta. See their family and give more people time to buy tix. Dang it......
  • by HugeFan Location: Augusta on Jun 18, 2010 at 11:15 AM
    Jealousy maybe there? That's your opinion, and seeing how quickly tickets sold out, i'd say you're in the definate minority! Bet with those you mentioned coming here, there would be tons of empty seats. lol But of course, that is just my opinion.
  • by Patsy Cline LIves!! on Jun 18, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    They're overrated. But than again-all the new country "music" is mindless compared to Cash,Hank,Marty Robbins et al.
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