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Dec 25

2012 Rewind: No. 2 – Garth Closes Las Vegas Show as Shania Twain, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Begin Theirs

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks photo by Mark Tucker, courtesy of Pearl Records.

Nashville is still ground zero for country music, but a few of the genre’s biggest stars have headed to Las Vegas. Garth Brooks wrapped his three-year run of one man shows at Encore Theater in the Wynn in November. Wife Trisha Yearwood was on hand for the emotional final performance, which Garth later told the Las Vegas Sun wasn’t his greatest performance of all time.

“It wasn’t the best show over the three years because I was too emotional,” he said. “I was getting ready to go out there and kick some ass, and then Steve [Wynn] did an introduction, and I was toast after that.”

Garth’s final show lasted nearly two hours. He sang hits by some of his favorite artists as well as his own hits and was joined by Trisha for two duets and again as the curtain came down. Garth hopes to return to the Wynn to tape the show for a television special. Rumors are also flying that he will resume touring in 2014.

“For now, our job is to let the kids finish high school, get their education, then we’ll see what we’re going to do,” Garth said. “We still have [a] junior in high school, so there’s a couple of years to finish there, and then we’ll see if there’s a place for us back in the industry.”

Shania Twain

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 01: Singer Shania Twain performs during the debut of her residency show ‘Shania: Still the One’ at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on December 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

Just as Garth was closing his show, Shania Twain was preparing to open hers. She kicked off her two-year residency of “Shania Twain: Still The One” at the Colosseum on December 1. The 100-minute set included dancing violinists and cellists, a flying motorcycle and horses as well as a video screen comparable to IMAX.

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“This has been a dream for eight years, including the two since we made the announcement,” Shania said to the Las Vegas Sun after the show. “It all came together; I surprised myself. It was a big challenge. At one point, I thought I was taking on more than I could handle, but I stuck with it. I surprised myself and am so relieved and happy.”

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 08: Singer/songwriter Tim McGraw (L) and singer Faith Hill perform during the opening weekend of their limited-engagement ‘Soul2Soul’ show at The Venetian on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The country music couple is scheduled to perform on 10 weekends through April 2013. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

Less than two weeks after Shania made her Vegas debut, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill opened their intimate “Soul2Soul” show at the Venetian. The pair delivered a personal show, performing without over-the-top stage theatrics while putting their love for one another front and center. They have nine more weekends at The Venetian scheduled through April 2013.

See photos from “Soul2Soul Las Vegas” >>


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