Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum and Russell Dickerson Kick Off Summer Plays On Tour: See Photos

The co-headlining tour, which also features opener Russell Dickerson, is on the road through Oct. 5

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Russell Dickerson - credit is Kailey Dickeson
Kailey Dickerson

Russell Dickerson opens the show in front of an electric crowd to officially kick off the Summer Plays On tour.

"I love working with my wife because she understands me more than anyone else," the "Blue Tacoma" singer previously told PEOPLE of wife Kailey, who took the shot.

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Lady Antebellum Photos: Slater Goodson
Slater Goodson

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.

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Lady Antebellum Photos: Slater Goodson
Slater Goodson

"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."

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Lady Antebellum Photos: Slater Goodson
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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.

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Lady Antebellum Photos: Slater Goodson
Slater Goodson

"As all our families continue to grow, it's really fun for us to bring them along and experience these moments through their eyes," said Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott.

"On the 22nd, our sweet Eisele turned 5. We were all able to celebrate as a family, which is really important for all of us."

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Lady Antebellum Photos: Slater Goodson
Slater Goodson

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."

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Lady Antebellum Photos: Slater Goodson
Slater Goodson

The capacity crowd gets on their feet during Lady Antebellum's current fan-favorite hit "American Honey."

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Lady Antebellum Photos: Slater Goodson
Slater Goodson

Before the night is over, Darius Rucker and Dickerson join Lady Antebellum for an encore sing-along.

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Darius Backstage: Tom Pandi
Tom Pandi

Rucker gets his in-ear monitors adjusted before taking the stage for the first time.

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Darius Backstage: Tom Pandi
Tom Pandi

"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."

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Darius Rucker Darius Performing: Dawn Hamilton
Dawn Hamilton

Darius Rucker at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Ontario on opening night of the Summer Plays On tour.

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Darius Rucker Darius Performing: Dawn Hamilton
Dawn Hamilton

Rucker performed his country music hits and latest single, "Straight to Hell," along with some Hootie & the Blowfish favorites like "Let Her Cry."

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Darius Performing: Dawn Hamilton
Dawn Hamilton

"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."

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Darius Backstage: Tom Pandi
Tom Pandi

"Most of my crew has been with me since I got started years ago," says Rucker. "I've known these guys since college."

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