Turns out, it is like riding a bike.
They opened the show with McGraw entering from the right and Hill from the left, and the two of them singing their hit duet from 1997, “It’s Your Love.” It earned the night’s first standing ovation, and a “Hallelujah” from McGraw.
He turned the show over to “the blonde,” but first let her make the much-anticipated announcement of the night.
“We are going back on the road, side to side, north to south, all the way around the globe,” Hill said.
McGraw then left the stage to let Hill shine on her own.
In a long-sleeved black mini dress and black booties, and backed by an eight-man band, Hill was enthusiastically welcomed back to the spotlight. She sounded like she’d never left.
Her set included some of her biggest hits, like “This Kiss,” “Mississippi Girl,” “Cry,” “Stronger” and her popular cover of Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.”
McGraw returned so they could sing his “Angry All the Time” together. It’s not the most romantic song, but the crowd still seemed to be falling in love with the couple all over again.
And then it was McGraw’s turn to play the hits.
He started his set with “Something Like That” and “Shotgun Rider,” then took a second to tell the fans and music industry friends how he was feeling.
“I flat out love my job,” he said.
Part of that love McGraw was feeling could’ve been because of the crowd’s reaction to seeing the couple together again, but it also could’ve come from how he was feeling about sharing the stage with Hill, his wife of 20 years. Their anniversary is Thursday.
McGraw’s set included his life-changing song “Humble and Kind,” his duet with his daughter Gracie, “Here Tonight,” and his sexy “Real Good Man.”
Then McGraw started Bob Seger’s 1978 hit “We’ve Got Tonight,” and halfway through the song, Hill walked on stage to join him again.
That earned yet another ovation from a crowd full of fans the couple had brought in from out of town along with fans from Nashville, plus stars like Martina McBride, Chris Stapleton and everyone from Little Big Town.
When Hill came back to the stage to wrap the show, about 90 minutes after it started, the couple sat down in the center of the stage and sang “I Need You.” To the crowd, but mostly just to each other. That earned them another standing ovation.
McGraw and Hill’s Soul2Soul the World Tour kicks off in April in New Orleans.