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.”
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.
“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.”
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.