Sunday, August 12, 2007


Little did I know what a treat I was in for when I purchased tickets to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul 2 Soul concert tour stop by the Honda Center (formerly the Pond) in Anaheim. As it turned out (I didn't know at the time), this was the last show of their 2007 tour. Needless to say, when I found this out I knew I was in for a truly special night...

A new group on Tim's label called Halfway To Hazard opened with a very energetic half hour set right at 8:30. FYI, their debut album, featuring their first single, "Daisy" hits the stores this Tuesday. A few minutes after 9pm, the much celebrated husband and wife duo took the stage, doing a cover of the recent pop hit "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol... Tim then left the stage, and Faith then put on a great solo show which lasted a little over an hour, starting with her first #1 hit, "Wild One" and finishing off with her #1 hit "Mississippi Girl." In between, Faith threw in a nice selection of her hits. "Breathe," "The Secret Of Life," "Cry" and "This Kiss" were amongst the songs she did during her more than one hour set. A couple of really touching moments took place during Faith's portion of the show. In one of them, Faith was shaking hands with various audience members and noticed this one particular young woman who had been to her shows before... Faith said "I remember you from last year, and the year before and the year before..." Obviously, she was a HUGE fan! Faith then said "thank you... you're a beautiful woman" to her... and you should have seen her smile! A little later, Faith brought a group of young girls onto the stage... that just made their day!

Just before 10:30, the lights went out again and Faith was then reunited with her husband. They sang "Like We Never Loved At All" and "It's Your Love" before she departed the stage and Tim gave the crowd an amazing solo show. Tim's portion of the show began with a terrific cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker" and concluded with his signature hit, "Indian Outlaw." In between he performed a wide selection of his hits including his most recent hit, "Last Dollar (Fly Away)" - during which their kids came on stage to sing the beginning and ending parts of the song, "The Cowboy In Me," "When Stars Go Blue" and "Live Like You Were Dying." Tim did a one song encore - his current hit, the very moving "If You're Reading This," which was only recently added to his "Let It Go" release.

By this time, it was actually now past Midnight!!! But the show was still not over!!! Faith came back onstage in a beautiful blue dress and joined her husband for a rockin' cover of Bryan Adams and Tina Turner's "It's Only Love." The show concluded with their current hit "I Need You." It was 12:30am by this time - and those that were still there didn't care... I think we all could have gone a few more hours!!! 3 1/2 hours of some absolutely amazing music and touching moments... it's a show I won't soon forget!!!


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