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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill bring Soul2Soul tour to Albany

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill bring Soul2Soul tour to Albany

80-show tour celebrates record-breaking trip
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill bring Soul2Soul tour to Albany
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
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Soul man, soul woman, soul duo.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill bring "Soul2Soul: The World Tour 2017" — and memories of the past — to the Times Union Center in Albany on Saturday.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The 80-show tour, which began in New Orleans in April, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the record-breaking "Soul2Soul II" tour. The 2006-2007 McGraw-Hill team-up became the highest-grossing country music tour of all time. People noticed: Pollster magazine named "S2SII" its major tour of 2006, besting tours by such formidable acts as Madonna, the Rolling Stones and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The new tour is also a chance for fans to renew their Faith; this is the first time Hill has toured since 2007.

"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," McGraw and Hill said in a joint statement. "It's always great when we get to work together and it's been a while since we got to do that."

McGraw and Hill — they married in 1996 — began touring together on McGraw's 1996 "Spontaneous Combustion" tour. The "Soul2Soul" tours began in 2000.

The country power couple has racked up big numbers over the years:

  • McGraw has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and has had 43 No. 1 singles. He recently placed three singles in the top 20 at the same time on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Among the hits in the McGraw songbook are "Grown Men Don't Cry," "Something Like That," "Where the Green Grass Grows," "Live Like You Were Dying" and "Last Dollar."
  • McGraw's recent No. 1, "Humble and Kind," won the Grammy for best country song. It also sparked a New York Times Best Seller book.
  • Hill has won five Grammy music awards - along with bunches of American Music Awards, People's Choice Awards and Country Music Association awards. She has sold more than 30 million records with seven original studio albums. Hill has also starred in three network TV specials.
  • Hill's largest audience was a global assembly of more than 88.5 million who heard her perform the National Anthem on television at Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta.
  • Hill has enjoyed major crossover success with hits "This Kiss," "Breathe," "Cry" and "There You'll Be." 
  • Both singers have dabbled in acting.
  • Cameras for subscription TV channel Showtime have been shooting performances this summer. The special "Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul" - Showtime's first-ever country music concert film - will premiere Nov. 17.

The "Soul2Soul" show includes solo sets, songs together and the usual intimate moments.

According to reviews, laser lights, risers, special effects, an 80-foot wide video board, HD and LED screens are all part of the production. Family photos - Tim and Faith have three daughters - are projected onto the video board during the concert. A ten-piece band is also on the "Soul2Soul" team.

Reviews also say performance of "I Need You" is one the big moments in the show. But fans might have guessed that anyway. And the song ends with a kiss.

The tour ends Oct. 27 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Reach Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 518-395-3124, [email protected] or @jeffwilkin1 on Twitter.

Tim McGraw-Faith Hill: 'Soul2Soul: The World Tour 2017'

WHEN: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Times Union Center, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany
HOW MUCH: $22-$149
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