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Lady Antebellum play free show at site of 'worst gig ever': read the EW story that started it all

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Image Credit: Michael Tran/FilmMagic.comEvery band that’s spent more than a few weeks on the road has a tour horror story, and Lady Antebellum are no exception.

When the Nashville trio was profiled in EW this past February, they didn’t hesitate to list their worst gig: A 2007 stop in Milwaukee that co-vocalist Charles Kelley described to writer Whitney Pastorek as taking place in a gas station ”at the butt crack of dawn to kick off hunting season … Everybody was sitting there eating. They didn’t know who the hell we were. It was funny as s—.”

That admission went on to be widely quoted, and eventually led to a local Wisconsin country radio station’s offer of a do-over. So last night, Lady A returned to the scene of the crime, and got a chance to rewrite history (or just pick up some snack mix and a nice road atlas), performing free for some 1,000 fans at the Mayfield Mobil station in Richfield, Wisconsin.

Apparently, the second time was far more charmed: “Thanks to the great Milwaukee folks and @FM1061 for the great gas station gig! Really fun!” the band wrote from their official Twitter. “See u guys again tonight!”

“Tonight” would be the sold-out show they’re scheduled to play at Milwaukee’s considerably swankier Riverside Theater. Were you there in Richfield? Tell us in the comments section below.

(Follow The Music Mix on Twitter:@EWMusicMix.)

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