Country music is having somewhat of a moment here in Las Vegas. Concerts, of course, have always come through town — and Garth Brooks had a successful run at Wynn. But this month, Shania Twain opened at the Colosseum, the first country crooner to do so. And the very next week, power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill started a limited run of Soul2Soul at Venetian. As you can imagine, the Shania vs Tim and Faith debate has been a hot topic all over town! Strangely, both Shania and Faith are hitting the stage after a few years off. So these were huge nights for these two lovely ladies. But aside from that, these shows couldn’t be more different. Which one did I like best? And was I in the majority?
Well, going with the grain is something I have never been accused of lol. I enjoyed both shows immensely, but I have to say that for now, I am 100 percent Team Shania! But I do think that Soul2Soul will warm up…
One caveat: I went to the 10:30 pm showing of Soul2Soul, which is way past my bedtime. I struggled to stay awake, which is absolutely NOT the fault of Tim and Faith!
When we interviewed the famous couple for Vegas magazine, they told us that they’d be on stage together 85 percent of the show. This wasn’t the case at all! This did, however, create one lovely outcome: more time for Faith to change outfits. She is absolutely stunning, and her clothes were truly unbelievable. I couldn’t take my eyes off her! That said, she was a little stiff, and Tim really carried the show. He’s just coming off of his tour with Kenny Chesney, and it showed. That man owns the stage!
The Venetian showroom that Tim and Faith perform in is pretty tiny — only 1800 seats. The intimacy is really special. I do wish, however, that they interacted with the audience sooner — and more. Towards the end, Tim runs through the entire auditorium, but of course it was during my favorite song of his (“Felt Good on My Lips”), and I would have preferred him on stage. Just my luck! But super-fans, do not worry: They sing almost (almost) all of their biggest hits.
The ending is sweet, and I won’t ruin it for you. (Much of the famous chemistry between the two was exhibited throughout the show.) The only thing that bothered me is that it was such a short version of the song! I could have listened to them sing it all night — it’d be amazing if they stretched it out more.
In all, the show sort of felt like it needed more rehearsal time. And Faith seemed like she was just getting her feet wet. I am a huge fan of these talented, ridiculously good-looking performers. Because I really do think that I’ll like it better after they relax and tweak things a bit, I already have a ticket to see it again on January 26th.
The 8 pm showing.
Interested in more? Read our fun interview with Tim and Faith over at my day job, Vegas magazine.
Seen the show? Let me know what you think!
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