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.