For Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, labeling the concert series was a big concern coming off the success of their latest album, 747. Nothing less than epic would have been adequate.
“’Wheels Up’ I think came out one day when we were in the studio working on 747 and talking about the tour,” Haywood told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “I think we wanted to have a lot of energy like the record, and we worked hard to find a great title and some great openers. We’ve got Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt coming out for the whole year with us, and we’re fired up about it.”
The trio will head overseas along with Hayes and Hunt to kick off the tour with a European trek, including stops in Norway, Scotland and the UK before moving on to Australia. By then the group hopes their latest single, “Freestyle,” will be well on its way up the country charts.
The American leg of the Wheels Up tour will get started in May following the ACM Awards, and on Sept. 11, Lady A will play Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for the first time ever on a tour stop.
For more from Lady Antebellum, tune in to an all-new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 14-15) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.