Lady Antebellum Reveal Drinking Advice, Weigh in on 'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars' Debate
To promote the release of the country trio's new album "Heart Break," Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley sat down with THR to play "Fishing for Answers" — with some humorous (and surprising) results.
Lady Antebellum released its sixth studio album, Heart Break, on Friday, with 11 new tracks that range from sweet melodies to heart-filled ballads. Ahead of the album's release, the country band took some time out last week to play The Hollywood Reporter’s "Fishing for Answers," where they shared insight into their new album and each other.
After taking time to pursue solo endeavors, Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley are back, headlining a show at the Hollywood Bowl on June 3, which marked their first time performing at the iconic arena as the main act. When asked what word they would use to describe performing on the stage, Kelley said, "Bucket list." ("That's two words!" Scott teased.)
The band said that the 2011 Grammys is a standout moment from their career. "Every year we’ve been able to go to the Grammys, but especially the year that we took home five, it was surreal," said Scott.
Scott, Kelley and Haywood already have their favorite songs from their album. Kelley pointed to the title track, "Heart Break": “The minute we wrote that song. we knew that we had a song to write the rest of the record around." Scott opted for "Good Time to Be Alive": "We got all the studio musicians, producer Busbee, all of us in the studio and we got to sing the 'whoas' together. ... I just have (that) engrained in my mind." Haywood chose "Big Love in a Small Town" as his favorite.
The trio also shared fun facts about each other that fans may not know. Although close friends, they admit that they haven’t necessarily provided great advice to one another — unless it’s Kelley talking about alcohol.
Unable to hold their laughter, Kelley asked his bandmates what his best advice was, with Haywood quickly responding: “Drink a little more.” Scott further added, "What’s the [saying]? Beer before a liquor, never been sicker.”
Haywood said that when he was younger, his saw a future in basketball as his dream career, with Scott visibly surprised. “I just never would’ve expected that,” she said, laughing. "Just don't do that when Eisele (Scott’s daughter) says, ‘I wanna be the president,” said Haywood.
Despite being preoccupied with recording and performing, Haywood says that whenever they’re in Hollywood, they always take some time to enjoy some food and activities.
“Last time we had a day off here, we went down to Roscoe's [House of Chicken and Waffles] and got some chicken,” said Haywood. With Kelley adding, “I try to play golf when I’m here."
Even though they have a busy schedule as of late, with an upcoming performing at the CMA Fest on Saturday and the CMA Music Awards on Wednesday, the country trio is still able to stay up-to-date on their favorite shows. When asked what new shows they can’t get enough of, the group had varied responses.
"This new season of Fargo is pretty cool. It's kinda dark," said Kelley, whereas Scott was quick to choose This Is Us as her favorite. Haywood selected called Crashing, the HBO comedy starring Pete Holmes that has been renewed for second season.
Other fun facts revealed by the band included them choosing Leonardo DiCaprio as the star they would most like to trade places with. "He's got a helicopter, man," said Haywood. Scott was chosen as the band member most likely to be late, whereas Haywood is known to be the most competitive among his bandmates. Haywood’s first celebrity crush was Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher, whereas Scott enthusiastically admitted her love for Paul Rudd.
"I’ll never forget when I watched Clueless for the first time, when I was a little girl, and I totally had a crush on Paul Rudd," she revealed.
While they may have a lot of differences, one thing Lady Antebellum can agree on is the Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate.
"We’re not fans of either one of those," said Kelley. Haywood further adding, "I mean, I would pick Star Wars, but I've never really watched it." Joked Kelley: "There’s people out there burning our records now."