Reba and Brooks & Dunn just wrapped up the first weekend of their Together in Vegas residency at Caesars Palace. Unlike the two acts’ joint tours in the late ’90s, the new show features Reba, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn sharing the stage and swapping vocals on each other’s hits for a good portion of the evening.
The two-hour set opens with Brooks & Dunn’s “Play Something Country” before going into Reba’s “Why Haven’t I Heard from You.” After that, there’s a rapid-fire medley of hit singles from both acts’ respective catalogs that sets the tone for the hit-filled concert. While Reba has included medleys in her shows for years, that approach was new for Brooks & Dunn.
Kix says, “It’s fun just to throw some pieces, and you can see fans reacted to that. They’re like, ‘Ooh, love that one. Ooh, like that one. Ooh, I hate that song.'”
Of course, Kix is only kidding. The audiences at Caesars Palace have included a lot of hardcore Brooks & Dunn fans who haven’t seen the duo perform together since they split up in 2010. Dispelling any rumors of bad blood between Ronnie and himself, Kix explains that he’s had a blast developing the show over the past few months.
Says Kix, “In all sincerity, this whole process has been about the most non-pissed off, easygoing, everybody kind of having a good time, and we just sort of worked our way through it. The whole thing’s been a fun experience.”
As with any new show, Reba and Brooks & Dunn plan to make little adjustments here and there based on audience reaction.
Reba says, “They responded more to some songs than others, but we got great response from everything, and I think it blended real well.”
Both Reba and Brooks & Dunn have played Las Vegas many times before, but headlining a residency at The Colosseum is still a huge deal for them. Reba even admits to hanging out of the car window on the Vegas strip and taking photographs of the massive Caesars Palace sign announcing their residency.
Ronnie adds, “I did the same thing. I got two [photographs]. I was hoping we’d get stuck at the red light so we could fire off another shot. It’s cool.”
Reba and Brooks & Dunn have shows at Caesars Palace booked through this December. Go to RebaBrooksandDunn.com for a list of show dates and ticket information.
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