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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill bringing togetherness to Venetian run
Country music’s loving couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have promised Venetian executives that they will be together onstage the entire time for their upcoming 40-show residency, which starts in December.
The duo look and act like lovebirds after 16 years of marital bliss.
In a video interview for Venetian executives and staff, the chart-toppers explain why they said “yes” to the offer to perform on the Strip. For one, they look forward to performing for people who have never heard or seen them before and who might never have visited Las Vegas before.
“This is really going to be fun! The Venetian approached us about this idea, and it sounded like a great thing to be a part of. They’re great people to work for — they’ve been fantastic,” said Tim. “It just fit our schedules and it fit our lifestyle and what’s going on in our lives during this time, so it seemed like it made sense.
"This is different because, really, this show is about us together; it’s not about us individually at all. We’ll do a few of our songs, of course, but this is really about us singing our songs together and being together onstage the entire time.”
"This guy here has so much stage presence and charisma and just really knows how to be with the audience, work the audience and just bring them in such a way," said Faith. "I’m still — after all these years — completely impressed and blown away. I feel like a student, honestly. I’m more comfortable standing behind a microphone and just singing and talking to my band. If I get to talking to the crowd, I probably never will stop — but it’s very different than how he does it. He’s the consummate performer.”
"We’re two different types of singers, and I think that’s what’s fun for us to sing together," said Tim. "I mean, besides the fact that we’re married and I love hearing her sing and I think she’s one of the greatest singers in the world. But to be able to sing a different style of music that sort of happens on its own when we sing together is what’s fun for me.”
“The last tour we did together we were in the center of the arena," said Faith. "Our goal was to give everyone the exact same experience, but still there’s moments that it could have been better for some people, and at the Venetian there’s not a bad seat in the house.”
Tim concurred. "The great thing about modern Vegas today is that it’s become sort of a mecca for music. Some of the biggest stars in the world are performing here — mainstream artists that are in their prime.
“I think that that’s the great thing about being able to come here and play now. You draw audiences from all over the world. You’re probably going to play in front of people who’ve never seen this before. I think that’s the exciting thing about playing in Vegas.”
Tim and Faith start their shows Dec. 7, in time for the National Finals Rodeo. In addition, Tim says that he’s in the middle of recording his new album and that Faith’s newest is nearly complete and will be released before the Las Vegas run begins. He also hopes to find time to film a new movie.
He told a Nashville country music publication last week: “There’s two or three potential film roles floating around; two or three projects that I really like. The hardest thing is timing. You can read 50 scripts and not find anything that you like. I have to find a script that can be done within the window. You don’t want to shortchange anybody. If it all lines up, then I am ready to work at it.
“This year will be tough because we have two daughters in high school. It's going to be tough to find time to make a movie, but if it all falls into place, that would be fun to do. I’d love to do a baseball movie. I’d have be an aging baseball player now. I’d better do one before I’m the coach!”
“It will be a show in an intimate and beautiful environment that they’ve never done before," Venetian President John Caparella said. "My phone has been lit up — I mean it’s huge. They usually play in front of 50,000 to 60,000 people. You can do the math: With 1,800 seats, it’s become the hottest ticket in town."
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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