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The Soul2Soul: The World Tour is the third and current co-headlining tour by American country music recording artists, and husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. It marks the first time the duo have toured together since 2007. It began on April 7, 2017, in New Orleans. Performances consist of a setlist of duets between the couple and solos. The first leg of the tour played seventy shows, and as of December 11, 2017, every show was sold out, and grossed over 79 million dollars. Accoridng to Pollstar's 2017 Mid-Year report, it was ranked the 24th best tour.[1]

Soul2Soul: The World Tour
Tour by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
FHillTMcGraw 2017TourPoster.jpg
Promotional poster for the tour.
Start dateApril 7, 2017 (2017-04-07)
End dateJuly 24, 2018 (2018-07-24)
Legs3
No. of shows109 North America
3 in Europe
112 total
Box office$100.3 million 107 Shows
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill concert chronology
Shotgun Rider Tour
(2016)
Soul2Soul: The World Tour
(2017)
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Australia 2012 Tour
(2012)
Soul2Soul: The World Tour
(2017)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

In October 2016, a special concert was planned at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Under the moniker "Sam & Audrey", the duo performed their hits, while announcing the forthcoming 2017 tour.[2] The itinerary was released the following day.[3] On January 31, 2017, McGraw and Hill announced the opening acts via Facebook Live.[4] Each weekend will feature a different opening act, handpicked by the duo. They also revealed additional tour dates and plans to perform shows outside North America. When introducing the tour, Hill stated:

"We have the best fans in the world, who have been with us through our entire journey and we are so excited to celebrate with them by going back on the road and showcasing an exciting new show. It's always great when we get to work together and it's been awhile since we got to do that."[5]

On September 28, 2017, Bob Harris revealed on his BBC Radio 2 show that McGraw and Hill were the first announced headliners for the 2018 C2C: Country to Country festival which takes place in London, Glasgow and Dublin.[6] In November 2017, a second American leg of the tour was announced.

The show and the stageEdit

The show begins with a ten-second countdown clock, after that futuristic music begins to play. Hill and McGraw begin to say a speech which ends with, "face to face, heart to heart, and soul to soul." Then two black boxes rise up onto the b-stage, as the boxes descends both Hill and McGraw appear, and perform Aretha Franklin and George Michael's "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me". During "Break First" (a new pop centric song from the couple), the video screens displays fragments of glass shattering behind them. When McGraw performs "Angry All the Time", Hill plays the acoustic guitar while singing background vocals. The show lasts for two hours and fifteen minutes with a setlist of thirty songs. They go back and forth singing with each other and alone during solos. McGraw and Hill perform their past hits and songs off their upcoming album. They close with "I Need You".[7][8]

The stage and production is made up of laser lights, risers, special effects, eighty-foot wide video board, HD and LED screens. During the show family photos are projected onto the eighty-foot wide video board. A ten piece band backs the couple.[7][9][10][7]

Opening actsEdit

SetlistEdit

The following setlist was performed at the concert held on April 21, 2017, at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.[12]

McGraw and Hill
  1. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Aretha Franklin & George Michael cover)
McGraw
  1. "Felt Good on My Lips"
Hill
  1. "The Lucky One"
McGraw
  1. "I Like It, I Love It"
Hill
  1. "The Way You Love Me"
McGraw and Hill
  1. "Like We Never Loved at All"
  2. "Break First"
  3. "Telluride"
  4. "Devil Calling Me Back"
Hill
  1. "Free"
  2. "This Kiss"
  3. "Breathe"
  4. "Wild One"
  5. "Stronger"
  6. "Piece of My Heart"
McGraw and Hill
  1. "Angry All the Time"
McGraw
  1. "One of Those Nights"
  2. "Real Good Man"
  3. "Shotgun Rider"
  4. "Humble and Kind"
  5. "Live Like You Were Dying"
McGraw and Hill
  1. "Speak to a Girl"
  2. "It's Your Love"
Hill
  1. "Mississippi Girl"
McGraw
  1. "Something Like That"
McGraw and Hill
  1. "I Need You"

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Opening acts Attendance Revenue
North America Leg 1[13]
April 7, 2017 New Orleans United States Smoothie King Center Brothers Osborne 14,959 / 14,959 $1,324,355[14]
April 9, 2017 Tupelo BancorpSouth Arena 8,323 / 8,323 $685,612[14]
April 20, 2017 North Charleston North Charleston Coliseum NEEDTOBREATHE 9,097 / 9,097 $798,478[15]
April 21, 2017 Birmingham Legacy Arena 11,259 / 11,259 $821,751[15]
April 23, 2017 Atlanta Philips Arena 13,033 / 13,033 $1,170,004[15]
April 27, 2017 St. Louis Scottrade Center Seth Ennis 12,906 / 12,906 $1,066,330[15]
April 28, 2017 Louisville KFC Yum! Center 14,653 / 14,653 $1,220,499[15]
April 29, 2017 Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse 12,726 / 12,726 $999,040[15]
May 4, 2017 Newark Prudential Center The Shadowboxers 11,815 / 11,815 $1,134,267[16]
May 5, 2017 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 11,686 / 11,686 $1,532,244[16]
May 6, 2017
May 11, 2017 Tulsa BOK Center Jon Pardi 11,391 / 11,391 $818,172[16]
May 12, 2017 Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Arena 13,853 / 13,853 $1,262,422[16]
May 13, 2017 Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena 11,490 / 11,490 $859,619[16]
May 18, 2017 Spokane Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Chris Lane 10,700 / 10,700 $887,903[16]
May 19, 2017 Bozeman Brick Breeden Fieldhouse 15,544 / 15,544 $1,181,828[16]
May 20, 2017
May 25, 2017 Boise Taco Bell Arena Joseph 9,156 / 9,156 $829,945[16]
May 26, 2017 Portland Moda Center 13,736 / 13,736 $1,192,723[16]
May 27, 2017 Tacoma Tacoma Dome 16,744 / 16,744 $1,321,429[16]
May 31, 2017 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena Midland 12,756 / 12,756 $1,021,510[16]
June 2, 2017 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 12,765 / 12,765 $1,170,500[16]
June 3, 2017 Edmonton Rogers Place 13,358 / 13,358 $1,126,310[16]
June 4, 2017 Saskatoon SaskTel Centre 12,709 / 12,709 $1,095,770[16]
June 7, 2017 Winnipeg MTS Centre Caitlyn Smith 11,581 / 11,581 $915,797[16]
June 9, 2017 Sioux Falls United States Denny Sanford Premier Center 11,127 / 11,127 $1,088,360[17]
June 10, 2017 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena 13,236 / 13,236 $1,256,399[17]
June 15, 2017 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena High Valley 11,788 / 11,788 $1,079,900[17]
June 16, 2017 Milwaukee BMO Harris Bradley Center 12,137 / 12,137 $974,098[17]
June 17, 2017 Moline iWireless Center 10,670 / 10,670 $891,006[17]
June 22, 2017 Ottawa Canada Canadian Tire Centre Charlie Worsham 13,396 / 13,396 $1,112,650[18]
June 23, 2017 Toronto Air Canada Centre 26,956 / 26,956 $2,241,830[18]
June 24, 2017
July 7, 2017 Boston United States TD Garden Lori McKenna 24,187 / 24,187 $2,132,287[19]
July 8, 2017
July 13, 2017 Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena Rachel Platten 6,611 / 6,611 $783,705[19]
July 14, 2017 Los Angeles Staples Center 25,571 / 25,571 $2,028,973[19]
July 15, 2017
July 21, 2017 Glendale Gila River Arena Rhiannon Giddens 13,540 / 13,540 $1,264,313[19]
July 22, 2017 Ontario Citizens Business Bank Arena 8,903 / 8,903 $963,746[19]
July 23, 2017 San Diego Valley View Casino Center 10,290 / 10,290 $846,246[19]
July 28, 2017 Sacramento Golden 1 Center Devin Dawson 13,540 / 13,540 $1,413,260[20]
July 29, 2017 San Jose SAP Center 12,385 / 12,385 $1,122,601[20]
July 31, 2017 Denver Pepsi Center 23,073 / 23,073 $1,568,171[20]
August 1, 2017
August 3, 2017 North Little Rock Verizon Arena -
August 4, 2017 Nashville Bridgestone Arena Andra Day 28,357 / 28,357 $2,231,533[20]
August 5, 2017
August 17, 2017 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Maggie Rose 11,290 / 11,290 $834,495[20]
August 18, 2017 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 14,370 / 14,370 $1,115,596[20]
August 19, 2017 Albany Times Union Center 9,094 / 9,094 $667,410[20]
August 24, 2017 Fargo Fargodome Natalie Hemby 14,146 / 14,146 $1,097,627
August 25, 2017 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center 29,842 / 29,842 $2,815,245
August 26, 2017
August 31, 2017 Rosemont Allstate Arena Ben Rector 22,912 / 22,912 $1,797,553
September 1, 2017
September 2, 2017 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena 11,456 / 11,456 $780,635
September 7, 2017 Columbus Nationwide Arena Brent Cobb 13,822 / 13,822 $1,223,715
September 8, 2017 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 13,445 / 13,445 $1,212,946
September 9, 2017 Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 9,602 / 9,602 $800,062
September 14, 2017 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena Eric Paslay 8,164 / 8,164 $628,975
September 15, 2017 Greenville Bon Secours Wellness Arena 10,470 / 10,470 $849,741
September 16, 2017 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 10,651 / 10,651 $798,041
September 21, 2017 Wichita Intrust Bank Arena Brandy Clark 10,982 / 10,982 $889,516
September 22, 2017 Omaha CenturyLink Center Omaha 14,277 / 14,277 $1,054,164
September 23, 2017 Kansas City Sprint Center 13,132 / 13,132 $1,083,278
September 27, 2017 Salt Lake City Vivint Smart Home Arena Cam 12,528 / 12,528 $1,189,950
September 29, 2017 Fresno Save Mart Center 11,703 / 11,703 $1,033,055
September 30, 2017 Bakersfield Rabobank Arena 8,741 / 8,741 $828,635
October 5, 2017 San Antonio AT&T Center Chris Janson 11,471 / 11,471 $934,996
October 6, 2017 Houston Toyota Center 11,284 / 11,284 $987,317
October 7, 2017 Dallas American Airlines Center 13,255 / 13,255 $1,260,647
October 12, 2017 Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena Steve Moakler 11,414 / 11,414 $885,368
October 13, 2017 Washington, D.C. Capital One Arena 13,537 / 13,537 $1,200,627
October 14, 2017 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 12,043 / 12,043 $974,210
October 19, 2017 Sunrise BB&T Center LoCash 9,281 / 9,281 $667,022
October 20, 2017 Tampa Amalie Arena 12,108 / 12,108 $960,177
October 21, 2017 Orlando Amway Center 12,071 / 12,071 $1,058,484
October 26, 2017 Buffalo KeyBank Center Margo Price 12,042 / 12,042 $909,707
October 27, 2017 Brooklyn Barclays Center 12,501 / 12,501 $1,023,077
Europe
March 9, 2018 London[A] England The O2 Arena Kelsea Ballerini
Old Dominion
March 10, 2018 Glasgow[A] Scotland SSE Hydro
March 11, 2018 Dublin[A] Ireland 3Arena
North America Leg 2[21]
May 31, 2018 Richmond United States Richmond Coliseum 9,489 / 9,489 $873,206
June 1, 2018 Charleston Charleston Civic Center 8,483 / 8,483 $647,498
June 2, 2018 Lexington Rupp Arena 9,560 / 9,560 $643,856
June 5, 2018 Baltimore Royal Farms Arena 10,899 / 10,899 $727,114
June 7, 2018 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 10,936 / 10,936 $816,874
June 8, 2018 Toledo Huntington Center 14,963 / 14,963 $1,268,897
June 9, 2018
June 12, 2018 Hershey Giant Center 9,257 / 9,257 $905,605
June 14, 2018 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 8,734 / 8,734 $751,624
June 15, 2018 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 7,807 / 7,807 $781,038
June 16, 2018 Manchester SNHU Arena 8,499 / 8,499 $772,539
June 18, 2018 Hamilton Canada FirstOntario Centre 10,708 / 10,708 $797,048
June 19, 2018 London Budweiser Gardens 7,887 / 7,887 $743,975
June 22, 2018 Raleigh United States PNC Arena 12,093 / 12,093 $859,715
June 23, 2018 Duluth Infinite Energy Arena 9,912 / 9,912 $674,997
June 26, 2018 Bossier City CenturyLink Center 10,228 / 10,228 $598,411
June 29, 2018 Springfield JQH Arena 8,024 / 8,024 $644,900
June 30, 2018 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena 11,436 / 11,436 $839,144
July 6, 2018 Green Bay Resch Center 8,242 / 8,242 $875,724
July 7, 2018 Minneapolis Target Center 11,748 / 11,748 $712,738
July 8, 2018 Sioux Falls Denny Sanford Premier Center 8,797 / 8,797 $695,622
July 10, 2018 Grand Forks Ralph Engelstad Arena 6,512 / 6,512 $387,300
July 13, 2018 Seattle KeyArena 11,146 / 11,146 $842,978
July 14, 2018 Eugene Matthew Knight Arena 9,413 / 9,413 $781,752
July 18, 2018 Salt Lake City Vivint Smart Home Arena 12,405 / 12,405 $992,034
July 20, 2018 Phoenix Talking Stick Resort Arena 12,773 / 12,773 $886,518
July 21, 2018 Los Angeles Staples Center 11,812 / 11,812 $803,817
July 22, 2018 Sacramento Golden 1 Center 12,189 / 12,189 $944,746
July 24, 2018 Paso Robles Mid State Fair
Total 1,207,593 / 1,207,593 $100,367,633

^ A. These shows will be part of the C2C: Country to Country festival.

Critical receptionEdit

Tulsa World's Andrea Eger says "the electricity they generated could have powered their megawatt stage production with no help from PSO"[9] According to the Orange County Register's Kelli Sky Fadroski, she was impressed with Hill's return to the tour stage stating that "she brought her A game" during her solo moments. For the duo's performance she described it as, "a connection and tenderness between them that just can't be faked."[22]

Reviewing the show in London, Pip Ellwood-Hughes of Entertainment Focus gave the set a 4.5/5 rating, stating that booking country music royalty McGraw and Hill was "a real coup for the Country to Country festival and stating that they were "warm and funny on stage" and their set was "inspiring". Mentioning that anticipation was high for the duo's first ever UK performance, Ellwood-Hughes noted that their "packed" set drew "huge cheers from the arena crowd", citing Break First as an early highlight. He stated that the best parts of the set where when McGraw and Hill sang together, referring to their chemistry as "magical" and "off the charts as they trade glances, interact with one another and, at times, look at each other as if there is no one else in the room". Regarding the solo performances, he praised Hill's "energy and enthusiasm", citing This Kiss as a "one of the night's special moments" when Hill "became visibly choked up" as an international audience loudly sang along. Additionally, he called Hill's rendition of Breathe "stunning" and her Piece of My Heart cover a "powerhouse performance". Similarly, McGraw's "confident charisma" was praised and the moment where the audience burst into a spontaneous singalong of Humble and Kind which left McGraw visibly "overwhelmed" was picked as a highlight. Ellwood-Hughes called their performance of Speak to a Girl "beautiful and timely" and said that It's Your Love was a "perfect way to end the night and absolutely stunning". He was critical of sound issues that resulted in complaints for a large amount of audience members who were unable to hear the artists because of loud bass reverb, causing many to leave midway through[23].

Notable eventsEdit

During the show in Dubin on March 11, 2018, McGraw collapsed following his performance of "Humble and Kind" and was carried offstage by members of his crew. After twenty minutes, Hill returned to the stage and announced that McGraw was doing fine but was suffering from dehydration and she had made the decision not to allow him back onstage. Hill and the band performed “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” as a final a capella song for the crowd before ending the show early. Although disheartened, the crowd applauded and began chanting "get well Tim". A statement from the couple stated that McGraw "was attended to by local medical staff on-site and will be fine" before adding that "he and Faith thank everyone for their love and support and look forward to seeing their Irish fans again soon"[24].

ReferencesEdit

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