Pictures: Reba McEntire, Brooks & & Dunn soar with Caesars Palace residency


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Grand opening night of “Reba and Brooks & & Dunn: Together in Vegas” on Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015|2 a.m.

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The setlist for “Reba and Brooks & & Dunn: Together in Vegas” grand opening night Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

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“Reba and Brooks & & Dunn: Together in Vegas” grand opening night Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

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“Reba and Brooks & & Dunn: Together in Vegas” grand opening night Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

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Grand opening night of “Reba and Brooks & & Dunn: Together in Vegas” on Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

Was it a message that the Electric Daisy Carnival dare not compete? Was it a message that what you were about to experience was out of this world? There’s never ever been a country music show where the setting in advance of the stars uttering a single note was themed like a shining, silver-steel flying saucer.

It separated into 3 round sections and raised skyward in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace as chart-toppers Reba McEntire and rocking partners Brooks & & Dunn powered onto the stage. As they set the mood of the night in high-speed propulsion starting with a “Bourbon Drinking Cowboy” opening with “Play Something Country,” the side arcs of the metallic flying device parted to reveal the big, full phase.

From the box, the trio introduced into 8 of their No. 1 hits in a mashup with such an intense force, it was more like a rock show than a nation concert– and the fans enjoyed it. They were just as noisy and fun caring as the stage stars, however they also were considerate and removed their Stetsons to avoid people behind being blocked from the view.

It was uber-high energy from the beginning. Reba was kicking up her sequined boots, and Kix Brooks was running and jumping the total length of the large stage. Only the quieter Ronnie Dunn stood relatively still, but oh the power when he released his voice on “I Believe.”

It had the goose bumps of an evangelical camping tent resurgence meeting that won thunderous applause and a standing ovation. There manied minutes like that throughout the program. Even the 6-foot-6 cowboy in front of me cleaned splits from his eyes! Enchanting and spiritual.

In all, some 30 hits in a two-hour show that didn’t stop from the first second to the last. The threesome sang together and individually while Reba became 5 outfits, consisting of the somewhat risque red sequined dress that split up to expose her legs in a much shorter, Charleston-type dress. “Its OK to party while Reba changes,” Kix laughed.

Every Reba outfit has a new pair of knee-high boots, and she looks magnificent! Most of the time she was in fringed shirts over her pants. You merely would never believe she’s the veteran star she is at age 60. Entertainers less than half her age could take a cue from her about giving your all for your fans. She’s the country queen!

It was apparent every one of the trio enjoyed being onstage at Caesars. At one point, Ronnie stated: “This is the very best space to perform on the planet. It’s the best noise onstage I’ve ever heard.” Reba included: “We are having so much fun up right here!”

You could call Brooks & & Dunn dueling guitarists, but both have their individual styles. This resembled a runaway engine speeding down the tracks in a continuously assault of nation hits. Their 10-piece backing band was on fire blasting on all cylinders. This was a toe-tapping frenzy with a ton of sass! Rock country or country rock, lasers galore illuminated to salute them. Only Motley Crue pyrotechnics were missing, and who needs them when you have these hit-song fireworks ?!

It was the first time in 5 years that Brooks & & Dunn were back together. “We are proud to be right here,” said Kix. “We needed a break. There was never a rift. A year earlier, we had a dinner and discussed this residency. We rode a bus for Twenty Years attempting to get off. We required a task.”

“I just remember a great deal of tequila,” Ronnie interjected silently.

The duo calls Reba their referee and best friend. She calls them her best buddies. A great deal of their discussion onstage is off the cuff. On the rundown, it’s just noted as “talk,” and they have fascinating tales to inform. Reba’s story of her very first video in 1986 on HBO after an Aretha Franklin video is priceless.

She described that they ‘d selected their songs due to the fact that “they matter to us.” Kix had a punch line: “We didn’t want zippity. This is not the Dunny and M-Reba reveal. These are the songs that matter.”

Nearing the two-hour mark, not one drop of energy has evaporated from the phase. They are still going strong with “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” and Kix draws a woman from the 2nd row to dance with him atop the stage steps. I admired the upper balcony, and fans there were dancing along. And it’s with the exact same frenzied energy the trio began the show with 120 minutes previously. Discuss guaranteeing that fans get their cash’s worth.

It’s so obvious that these 3 are the best of pals. I talked with them before the program:

You’ve been hanging out together in Caesars Palace since you arrived. Go back to the time that the three of you connected as friends. When was that, and why have you never gotten on each other’s nerves?

Reba: Well, hang on, Robin. We didn’t state that– we won’t go that far! We explored in ’93 to ’94, ’97 to ’98 however truly started hanging out more a lot later on.

Ronnie: Reba was our boss. You understand, she was the first person who truly took us on trip. So we worked for her. We appreciated her, and everybody was positive. There wasn’t any odd stuff going on.

Reba: It had not been like it was now.

Ronnie: We needed to bring to the star drape with you, the vanity thing. When we first met her. It resembled …

Reba: I will beat the fire outta you (laughter)! He is full of it!

Ronnie: I’m serious!

You never ever understand when you’re joking or not.

Ronnie: We showed up, and Reba was the very first one to ever give us a task out on trip. There were like 4 trips that were taking place at the time. We were lucky to have 4 No. 1’s in a row, so we had the momentum actually fast to head out and get like $100 a night. And Reba was kind adequate to pay that (laughter).

Kix: I will certainly state this, though, Ronnie and I astonishingly started warming up as a band. I remember Reba and her hubby Narvel (Blackstock) entered our dressing space and stated, “Guys, you don’t have to ask for it. We’re providing you a raise. Due to the fact that we believe you’re going to have a really big profession, and we wan na be good friends in the future.”

And I thought that was really cool. Truly old pro, good stuff. I don’t believe we really understood each other up until both of our professions remained in the hotspot when we co-headlined the first time. And of course Reba has her own jet and welcomed Ronnie and I to fly with her. And that’s when we started visiting a bit.

Reba: I do not believe we started hanging out a lot, however, till 2011 when we went duck searching down in Louisiana and went on holidays together. That’s when it truly started. Now when Caesars came a-calling, we understood Las Vegas meant excellent restaurants for me and fantastic golf for them. How could you say no?

What’s the chemistry amongst the 3 of you?

Reba: We all 3 are fun-loving individuals. We work hard, we play hard. And love to cut up.

Ronnie: I believe there’s a particular perceptiveness. We’re all sort of from the exact same location. Kix is from Louisiana, however it’s northern Louisiana.

Reba: That’s close to where I matured.

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This repartee amongst them works remarkably with the audience, too. There are 10 “talk” spots in the packed rundown that ends with a psychological “My Maria,” Reba’s “Fancy” and the “Only in America” homage to our troops with 8 Navy sailors onstage saluting.

There’s something unique about country audiences. They’re patriotic, devoted and intense defenders of what makes America great. Reba and Brooks & & Dunn definitely belong to the music material of this nation, and there’s a powerful message of sound judgment, strict values, downhome family and love for America all wrapped in a sizzling home entertainment amazing.

I think if the 2016 governmental prospects burn out, Reba might easily become president, Kix a fun-loving vice president and Ronnie our sober secretary of state. They ‘d have the world slapping in unison extremely quickly. They sure had 4,300 fans in the palms of their hands at Caesars, including me. All of us would have taken off with the three of them if that area ship had been genuine.

Something informs me that they will certainly be Las Vegas headliners for a long time. I asked if, after a number of shows, they could tell that they would be right here for a long trip? Said Reba: “They have not asked yet. It might be too early. We have no idea who will certainly ask.” Chimed in Kix: “If they do, we will!”

For now, they’ll be carrying out through July 4 then return Dec. 2-12 during National Finals Rodeo. Watch for 2016 dates to be announced prior to completion of the year!

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has actually been a journalist for more than 50 years and has actually invested the previous 15 years giving readers the within scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play ground.

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