Academic journal article MEIEA Journal

Lady Antebellum: Own the Night World Tour (DVD)

Academic journal article MEIEA Journal

Lady Antebellum: Own the Night World Tour (DVD)

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LaBarre, Director; Hank Neuberger, Producer. Lady Antebellum: Own the Night World Tour (DVD). Eagle Rock Entertainment, 2012 (124 minutes, NTSC), www.eagle-rock.com.

Lady Antebellum has risen to become one of the most successful crossover country acts in recent memory. Their breakout 2009 hit single Need You Now topped both the Billboard Country and Hot 100 charts, opening up a broader market to the pop-leaning trio. This video combines one night's performance on the group's 2011-2012 arena headlining "Own the Night" tour, filmed in Little Rock, Arkansas, with selected backstage and tour-diary segments that provide the viewer with a good behind-thescenes look at the roles and responsibilities artists and their support team assume when they get to the top levels of the music business.

For an introductory class in music industry studies, these clips are especially helpful in that the artists are speaking candidly about their aspirations and about their reliance on their eighty-person team to put on a successful show night after night. Three of the backstage segments bear note to help students see behind the spotlights, video walls, and three-level production stage that are used on the U.S. concert segments. The first, titled "From the Ground Up," details the production design and thought that goes into building and staging an eight-month-long arena tour. Set designers, riggers, lighting techs, sound, video, and backline crew are all shown in action helping to underscore their crucial offstage roles in preparing and executing each night's concert. The second, "The Road to Here," provides video clips of the band's early career, showing their work ethic and dedication to building an audience. It won't be lost on students that one of these gigs was to play in a rural truck stop/diner to celebrate the opening of deer season! …

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