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Soul2Soul 2007

Soul2Soul II Tour

The Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 was a co-headlining concert tour between country music singers, and husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The tour's shows featured elaborate production values using an open, cross-shaped stage. Performances consisted of a set by Hill and set by McGraw, with the two sharing duets before, during, and after the individual sets. Over the course of the show, the duets traced a thematic development starting at estrangement and ending in emotional closeness.

The tour capitalized on McGraw and Hill's popularity, both as musical artists and as a couple. It played 74 shows in 56 cities, and sold 1.1 million tickets. The tour grossed almost $89 million during 2006. For the year, it was the third-highest grossing tour in North America (behind The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour and Barbara Streisand's Streisand: The Tour); and the fifth-highest grossing tour in the world for 2006.

Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 became the highest-grossing country music tour of all time, a position it still holds as of December 2007. For its accomplishments, it received Pollstar's top Concert Industry Award, the Major Tour of the Year Award, for 2006.

The tour was then continued the following year, as the rebranded Soul2Soul 2007. Some new songs were added to the set list, but the overall structure and theme of the show remained. Soul2Soul 2007 grossed some $52 million. Together, the McGraw-Hill Soul2Soul tour has the highest gross for any multi-year country music tour ever, $141 million, breaking a mark previously held by Garth Brooks. Over 1.6 million people saw the show over its two years.

History

2006 tour

The tour's name was a reprise of the couple's very successful 2000 Soul2Soul Tour. It capitalized on the couple's popularity as a couple: The New York Times wrote that, "Faith Hill and Tim McGraw may be the most popular married couple in country music, and maybe in all of pop music."

Hill and McGraw first announced the Soul2Soul II Tour on January 30, 2006. It quickly became one of the fastest-selling concert events of the year, with additional shows added in 15 cities due to high ticket demand; Ticketmaster labelled it the fastest-selling show of the year. Ticket sales passed the one million mark with the one-millionth fan attending the first of three shows in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The lucky fan was given a Dodge Charger as a thank you gift from the couple.

The tour began on April 21, 2006 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and after 73 shows concluded on September 3, 2006 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

On May 11, Hill and McGraw announced that the July 5 concert in New Orleans would benefit Gulf Coast hurricane relief efforts. From the beginning, Hill and McGraw have expressed a criticism of government response to Hurricane Katrina and the other Gulf Coast hurricanes. Hill is a native of Mississippi and McGraw is a native of Louisiana. All of the net proceeds of the concert were targeted to Katrina relief efforts in those two states. Tickets for the concert went on sale several days later and within 30 minutes, the 17,000 available seats had sold out. McGraw also played one of his informal "Bread and Water" shows, staged at local clubs after an arena show, with proceeds going to hurricane relief efforts as well.

2007 tour

On February 4, 2007, it was announced that the couple would return to the road in the summer of 2007 with Soul2Soul 2007 due to the success of Soul2Soul II. They aimed to visit U.S. and Canadian cities they could not reach in 2006; the restart a year later was to still mainstain a mostly-summertime schedule, to accommodate their school-age children. On March 14, 2007, Tim McGraw announced on an appearance on Good Morning America that the Soul2Soul 2007 Tour would probably be the last time he and Hill would tour together. On March 16, 2007, the same day tickets went on sale for the performances in Canada, both of the singers' websites announced that additional shows had been added in select Canadian cities due to overwhelming ticket sales and it had been announced that the June 21 show in Saskatoon and the June 22 show in Winnipeg were record breaking sales. The 2007 tour established a new record gross during both its two-day stop in Omaha and single day in St. Paul, Minnesota for a single country show.

In 2007, McGraw and Hill played forty-three shows over a nine-week period, with the Jeep brand as the title sponsor. The tour featured the duo's first-ever performances throughout Canada. The routing also includes shows in Lafayette, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi, that were specifically requested by McGraw and Hill as being close to where they grew up.

At the July 28 show in Lafayette, Louisiana, at the close of Tim McGraw's set, a female fan reached out and grabbed McGraw's nether regions. When Hill and McGraw returned for the encore, during their performance of "It's Only Love," Hill blasted the fan, waving her finger and saying into the microphone: "Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend. You don't go grabbin' somebody else's, somebody's husband's [privates], you understand me? That's very disrespectful! The incident attracted considerable media attention, and Hill subsequently went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss it.

The stage and the show

The tour featured production values and cost usually associated with large-scale rock tours. A multi-million dollar, unique in-the-round stage set was used. A circular platform in the center of the arena floor was surrounded by a larger circle beneath it, where the band played; vertical scrims could fall down to enclose this area. Performers could disappear or arise through hidden platforms. Extending in all four directions from the circles were long, wide catwalks with mass-motion video screens embedded within them, with fans seated on both sides and at the ends of the catwalks. Moving the whole 130,000 pound production from city to city took 150 roadies, 22 trucks, and 14 buses.

The show, which lasted from two and a half to two and three-quarters hours, was structured as a set by Faith Hill, followed by a set by Tim McGraw; in general audiences responded more strongly to McGraw's performance, hence Hill was placed in the opening spot. Before, in between, and after the individual sets, the two performed together. Throughout, Hill and McGraw used body language to convey the themes of the show; The New York Times wrote that "both singers have an extraordinary knack for making big gestures seem human-size."

The lyrical themes and the physical staging of the duet songs followed a connected thread throughout the course of the show, starting at one end of the emotional spectrum and ending at the other. The opening duet, the bitter "Like We Never Loved At All", was sung by the two at completely opposite ends of the stage, facing away from each other. For the next duets, after Hill's set, they were near each other, but enclosing in a scrim and still not facing each other, as they sang "Angry All the Time" and "Let's Make Love". In the final group of duets, following McGraw's set, the two began to thematically reconcile, including a rendition of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry". In the last song of the night, the two sat knee-to-knee opposite each other, around an old-radio-style microphone, for a hushed performance of "I Need You".

Hill's performance emphasized her varied country, pop, and gospel flavorings, with arrangements that showcased her vocal control over her lower register. McGraw's performance was more oriented towards traditional country, and evinces a stronger stage presence, with his "Live Like You Were Dying" typically getting the biggest audience response. Hill's band played from the start of the show through the second joint appearance, after which McGraw's Dancehall Doctors backing outfit took over for the balance of the show.

The concerts even featured hints of a rock element, from a few of McGraw's arrangements to Hill's guitarist's U2 textures to the Who-like introductory music to the presence of KISS and Blue Öyster Cult in the pre-show music.

In the 2007 shows, the general approach and themes were similar, but a number of set list changes were made. The couple started the shows with a rendition of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars". New songs in Faith Hill's set included "Wild One", "The Secret of Life", and "Lost". McGraw's set included material that he had not performed in years, including "Indian Outlaw", "Everywhere", and "She's My Kind of Rain". He did omit "Don't Take the Girl", a long-time standby. The 2007 tour saw the addition of opening acts; with their 30 minute performances, the overall evening ran three hours or longer.

Set list

Soul2Soul II Tour 2006

Order Song Performed By Notes
1 Like We Never Loved At All Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
2 Mississippi Girl Faith Hill
3 The Way You Love Me Faith Hill
4 Sunshine and Summertime Faith Hill
5 Fireflies Faith Hill
6 This Kiss Faith Hill
7 Let Me Let Go Faith Hill
8 Stealing Kisses Faith Hill Periodically replaced with Bridge Over Troubled Water
9 The Lucky One Faith Hill
10 Cry Faith Hill
11 There Will Come a Day Faith Hill
12 Breathe Faith Hill
13 Angry All the Time Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
14 Let's Make Love Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
15 Real Good Man Tim McGraw
16 Where the Green Grass Grows Tim McGraw
17 Just to See You Smile Tim McGraw
18 Don't Take the Girl Tim McGraw
19 My Little Girl Tim McGraw
20 Something Like That Tim McGraw
21 When the Stars Go Blue Tim McGraw
22 Live Like You Were Dying Tim McGraw
23 Unbroken Tim McGraw
24 The Cowboy in Me Tim McGraw
25 I've Got Friends That Do Tim McGraw Replaced with "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" from Sacramento show onward
26 I Like It, I Love It Tim McGraw Added May 26 in Birmingham, Alabama and performed onward
27 Shotgun Rider Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
28 It's Your Love Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
29 No Woman, No Cry Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Bob Marley Cover
30 I Need You Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Encore

At the June 23 New York City concert at Madison Square Garden, Tony Bennett made a guest appearance, and duetted with McGraw on the Hank Williams classic "Cold, Cold Heart".

At the final concert of the tour, McGraw added some new material from some of his favorite artists - Tom Petty's "Breakdown", "Mama Tried" from Merle Haggard, and "You Look So Good In Love" from George Strait.

Soul2Soul 2007

Order Song Performed By Notes
1 Chasing Cars Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Snow Patrol Cover
2 Wild One Faith Hill
3 The Lucky One Faith Hill
4 The Secret of Life Faith Hill
5 Cry Faith Hill Angie Aparo joined Faith Hill between July 21 and July 25.
6 Sunshine and Summertime Faith Hill
7 This Kiss Faith Hill
8 Stronger Faith Hill
9 Lost Faith Hill Alternate: Red Umbrella
10 The Way You Love Me Faith Hill
11 The Winner Takes It All Faith Hill
12 Breathe Faith Hill
13 Piece of My Heart Faith Hill
14 Mississippi Girl Faith Hill
15 Angry All the Time Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
16 Like We Never Loved At All Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
17 The Joker Tim McGraw
18 Last Dollar (Fly Away) Tim McGraw
19 Something Like That Tim McGraw
20 When the Stars Go Blue Tim McGraw
21 Everywhere Tim McGraw
22 For a Little While Tim McGraw
23 She’s My Kind of Rain Tim McGraw
24 Live Like You Were Dying Tim McGraw
25 Suspicions Tim McGraw Eddie Rabbit Cover
26 Real Good Man Tim McGraw Alternate: The Ride
27 The Cowboy In Me Tim McGraw
28 Between the River and Me Tim McGraw
29 Indian Outlaw Tim McGraw
30 If You're Reading This Tim McGraw Encore
31 Shotgun Rider Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
32 It's Your Love Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
33 It's Only Love Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
34 I Need You Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Encore

Personnel

Tim McGraw played with his longtime backup band, The Dancehall Doctors.

Faith Hill's band has been a highly featured part in her "almost rock 'n roll" show. For this tour the line-up was:

Opening acts

No opening acts were used on the 2006 tour.

For the 2007 tour, the opening acts were:

Tour dates

Soul2Soul 2006 Tour
Date City Venue Other Information
April 21, 2006 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena
April 22, 2006 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena
April 23, 2006 Knoxville, Tennessee Thompson-Boling Arena Canceled, Stage set to heavy for arena
April 28. 2006 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena
April 29, 2006 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena Top-Selling show of the tour
April 30, 2006 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena
May 5, 2006 Auburn Hills, Michigan Palace of Auburn Hills
May 6, 2006 Auburn Hills, Michigan Palace of Auburn Hills
May 7, 2006 Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena
May 12, 2006 Buffalo, New York HSBC Arena
May 13, 2006 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mellon Arena
May 14, 2006 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
May 18, 2006 Madison, Wisconsin Kohl Center
May 19, 2006 St. Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center
May 20, 2006 St. Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center
May 26, 2006 Birmingham, Alabama BJCC Arena
May 27, 2006 Greenville, South Carolina BI-LO Center
May 28, 2006 Jacksonville, Florida Veterans Memorial Arena
May 29, 2006 Jacksonville, Florida Veterans Memorial Arena
June 2, 2006 Tampa, Florida St. Pete Times Forum
June 3. 2006 Orlando, Florida TD Waterhouse Centre
June 4, 2006 Sunrise, Florida BankAtlantic Center
June 6, 2006 North Charleston, South Carolina North Charleston Coliseum
June 7, 2006 Richmond, Virginia Richmond Coliseum
June 9, 2006 Raleigh, North Carolina RBC Center
June 10, 2006 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Bobcats Arena
June 12, 2006 Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena
June 13, 2006 Albany, New York Pepsi Arena
June 15, 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center
June 16, 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center
June 17, 2006 Hershey, Pennsylvania GIANT Center
June 18, 2006 Hershey, Pennsylvania GIANT Center
June 21, 2006 University Park, Pennsylvania Bryce Jordan Center
June 23, 2006 New York, New York Madison Square Garden
June 24, 2006 New York, New York Madison Square Garden
June 25, 2006 Boston, Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden
June 26, 2006 Boston, Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden
June 29, 2006 Washington, DC Verizon Center
June 30, 2006 Washington, DC Verizon Center
July 1, 2006 Charleston, West Virginia Charleston Civic Center Canceled due to sickness (Tim McGraw}
July 5, 2006 New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans Arena Benefit Show
July 6, 2006 Bossier City, Louisiana CenturyTel Center
July 8, 2006 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena
July 9, 2006 Memphis, Tennessee FedExForum
July 11, 2006 Cincinnati, Ohio U.S. Bank Arena
July 12, 2006 Indianapolis, Indiana Conseco Fieldhouse
July 14, 2006 St. Louis, Missouri Savvis Center
July 15, 2006 Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena
July 16, 2006 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Bradley Center
July 18, 2006 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
July 21, 2006 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center
July 22, 2006 Houston, Texas Toyota Center
July 23, 2006 San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center
July 27, 2006 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Ford Center
July 28, 2006 North Little Rock, Arkansas Alltel Arena
July 29, 2006 Nashville, Tennessee Gaylord Entertainment Center
July 30, 2006 Cleveland, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena
August 2, 2006 Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center
August 4, 2006 Salt Lake City, Utah Delta Center
August 5, 2006 Salt Lake City, Utah Delta Center
August 6, 2006 Nampa, Idaho Idaho Center
August 8, 2006 Portland, Oregon Rose Garden
August 9, 2006 Seattle, Washington KeyArena
August 10, 2006 Seattle, Washington KeyArena
August 12, 2006 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
August 13, 2006 San Jose, California HP Pavilion at San Jose
August 14, 2006 Fresno, California Save Mart Center
August 17, 2006 Los Angeles, California Staples Center
August 18, 2006 Los Angeles, California Staples Center
August 19, 2006 Los Angeles, California Staples Center
August 25, 2006 Phoenix, Arizona US Airways Center
August 26, 2006 Phoenix, Arizona US Airways Center
September 1, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada Mandalay Bay Events Center
September 2, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada Mandalay Bay Events Center
September 3, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada Mandalay Bay Events Center

Soul2Soul 2007 Tour
Date City Venue Other Information
June 5, 2007 Omaha, Nebraska Qwest Center
June 6, 2007 Omaha, Nebraska Qwest Center
June 8, 2007 St. Paul, Minnesota Xcel Energy Center
June 11, 2007 Salt Lake City, Utah EnergySolutions Arena
June 13, 2007 Portland, Oregon Rose Garden Arena
June 14, 2007 Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Dome
June 16, 2007 Vancouver, British Columbia GM Place
June 17, 2007 Vancouver, British Columbia GM Place
June 19, 2007 Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place
June 20, 2007 Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place
June 21, 2007 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre
June 22, 2007 Winnipeg, Manitoba MTS Centre
June 25, 2007 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre
June 26, 2007 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre
June 27, 2007 Ottawa, Ontario Scotiabank Place
June 29, 2007 Cleveland, Ohio Quicken Loans Arena
June 30, 2007 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center
July 5, 2007 Boston, Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden
July 6, 2007 Boston, Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden
July 7, 2007 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
July 9, 2007 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena
July 11, 2007 Detroit, Michigan Palace of Auburn Hills
July 12, 2007 Grand Rapids, Michigan Van Andel Arena
July 13, 2007 Chicago, Illinois United Center
July 14, 2007 Chicago, Illinois United Center
July 17, 2007 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mellon Arena
July 18, 2007 Columbus, Ohio Nationwide Arena
July 20, 2007 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum
July 21, 2007 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena
July 22, 2007 Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
July 24, 2007 Sunrise, Florida BankAtlantic Center
July 25, 2007 Tampa, Florida St. Pete Times Forum
July 27, 2007 Biloxi, Mississippi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
July 28, 2007 Lafayette, Louisiana Cajundome
July 29, 2007 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center
July 31, 2007 Denver, Colorado Pepsi Center
August 2, 2007 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
August 3, 2007 Glendale, Arizona Jobing.com Arena
August 4, 2007 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Arena
August 6, 2007 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
August 7, 2007 Fresno, California Savemart Center
August 8, 2007 San Jose, California HP Pavilion at San Jose
August 10, 2007 Anaheim, California Honda Center
August 11, 2007 Anaheim, California Honda Center

References

External links

Concert reviews – 2006

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