Members of Lady Antebellum are no strangers to Augusta. Augusta-bred Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley made sure their hometown was included in tour lineup. In anticipation of their arrival, Sunday's story focused on the two local members before they were famous.
When country hit-maker Lady Antebellum started putting together dates for its first headlining tour, there was one place the group knew it had to visit."It's funny. Right when they sent us all the tour dates there wasn't an Augusta show," said band member Dave Haywood, who graduated from Lakeside High School along with co-lead singer Charles Kelley in 2000.
Augusta rolled out the red carpet Monday for hometown hit-maker Lady Antebellum as the heralded country trio returned for two sold-out shows.The appearances were the band's first Augusta performances in two years.Since singing at Kicks 99's Guitar Pull in 2008, they've recorded four straight No. 1 hits on the country charts and racked up industry awards.The first concert at the Bell Auditorium was a chance for the community to honor the achievements of Lady Antebellum members Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott -- and for the band to give something back.