Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum and Russell Dickerson Kick Off Summer Plays On Tour: See Photos
Trio Lady Antebellum — Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott — step onto Toronto's Budweiser Stage for the first soundcheck of the Summer Plays On tour.
"By now it's no secret that Lady A is basically a dynasty when it comes to ping-pong," Charles Kelley jokes to PEOPLE.
"The band and crew like to always have some friendly competition to get loose and ready for a show."
The seven-time Grammy award-winners pose with their band backstage at Toronto's Budweiser Stage before their first stop of the Summer Plays On tour.
Lady Antebellum take a break from their action-packed set for an ode to 2009 tour mate Keith Urban with a stripped-down version of "Raining on Sunday."
The capacity crowd gets on their feet during Lady Antebellum's current fan-favorite hit "American Honey."
Before the night is over, Darius Rucker and Dickerson join Lady Antebellum for an encore sing-along.
Rucker gets his in-ear monitors adjusted before taking the stage for the first time.
"I still get excited every time I walk on stage," Rucker tells PEOPLE. "There's always something extra special about the energy on the first night of a tour."
Darius Rucker at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Ontario on opening night of the Summer Plays On tour.
Rucker performed his country music hits and latest single, "Straight to Hell," along with some Hootie & the Blowfish favorites like "Let Her Cry."
"The Toronto crowd was the perfect way to kick this tour off," Rucker tells PEOPLE. "They set the bar high for the rest of the summer."
"Most of my crew has been with me since I got started years ago," says Rucker. "I've known these guys since college."