Tim McGraw, Faith Hill to Make It Happen in Vegas: 40 Shows,10 Weeks.
(Billboard)Two country superstars, 10 weekends, 40 shows, one historic location. When Faith Hill sang “Let’s Go To Vegas,” it’s doubtful she envisioned this.
Hill and husband Tim McGraw unveiled Tuesday their plans for a much-talked-about run in Las Vegas that kicks off Dec. 7. Heralded as a special event — rather than a full-fledged residency, a la Garth Brooks or Celine Dion — the Soul2Soul concerts will be spread over a five-month window with McGraw and Hill sharing the stage at the Venetian.
The dates, which will have them on stage together for almost the entire concert, mark only the fourth time they’ve toured together and come five years since they last trotted out the Soul2Soul co-headlining banner.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 8 in an exclusive pre-sale to members of several artist- and venue-related clubs. The general sale launches Aug. 13, with tickets priced from $95.50-$295.50, with some $1,000 VIP packages available.
The shows will take place at the Venetian Theater, an 1,800-seat venue that’s much smaller than the stadiums McGraw has filled with Kenny Chesney on this summer’s Brothers of the Sun Tour. The black-and-gold, art-deco themed theater is actually more closely associated with “The Phantom Of The Opera” than standard concerts.
The theater was part of what sold the couple on the dates, offering them a chance “to be in such an intimate environment as this is, to create a show that’s so unlike anything that we’ve done together,” Hill said during a press conference in the room.
The couple, currently in the process of creating the show, was vague about details, though McGraw hinted that the production will be more elaborate than the acoustic concerts Brooks has delivered in his deal with the Wynn Las Vegas. The 40 shows may come closer to the big production expected when Shania Twain begins her residency at Caesar’s Palace Dec. 1.
“The production’s going to be very cutting edge,” McGraw promised. “We’re doing stuff we haven’t done before and things that haven’t been done before [by anyone] in a lot of ways.”
“It’s going to be us together,” he added. “That we can say.”
Both artists have a lengthy list of hits, dating back to 1993 when both first hit the top 10 on Billboard’s Country Songs.