The visual production aspect of the show is a feature worthy of the superstars. With a collection of hits spanning more than three decades, the set list would seem to have been a challenge, but the old friends came together to give fans an experience packed with old favorites and chart-topping music.
“It was frantic at first, but then you realize the best way to do it would be to go backwards,” Ronnie Dunn tells CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “You start with the ones that you can’t afford not to do. Then the gap between what’s going to fit in other places, and it kinda fills in. Then Reba will do a costume change, and we change it all again.”
While the Together in Vegas series at Caesars Palace is a new experience, Sin City is an old friend to all three.
“I’ve been playing here since ’83,” Reba said. “Country music has always been big here ever since I can remember.”
“We played the National Finals Rodeo for, I don’t know, how many years?” Dunn recalled.
“Since the first year we got together, we played this town,” Kix Brooks said. “And it’s always welcomed us.”
In fact, the duo completed every year of touring in Vegas.
“It was just a great way to wrap a long year of touring and sit down for three days or so and gamble and play — and me play golf,” Brooks said. “But we always loved coming here. I had a feeling that if we ever got back to singing these songs again, it would be in this town.”
Brooks admits he wasn’t thinking about a residency with Reba.
“Reba with us is just icing on the cake,” he said. “She has really made this fun. We’re getting to sing her songs, and she’s helping us sing our songs — and they sound a lot better now.”
The concerts resume this week with shows Wednesday (July 1), Friday and Saturday. They’ll also be appearing at Caesars Palace in December.
At this point, it remains be seen whether the residency will continue in 2016.
“I don’t think we really planned on being here, and we’re really not looking that far ahead,” Brooks said. “We’ve got some shows to do so we are looking forward to those. We’ll see what happens.”
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