Sunday, May 21, 2006

Soul 2 Soul II Concert

On Friday night, Linzy and I went to the Tim McGraw & Faith Hill concert in St. Paul. Linzy had gotten tickets from my parents for her birthday, and was really excited to go. I, not really liking country music and especially not liking Faith Hill, was somewhat less excited.

The concert turned out not to be quite as painful as I was imagining, and Linzy had a great time which was really the point anyway. There was no opening act, but the concert ended up being close to 3 hours long. Faith and Tim each played for a little over an hour, and they did a handful of duets at the start, in the middle, and at the end.

The concert opened with a duet, and then Faith did her solo songs. Her voice sounded good and very strong, but her crowd banter was pretty poor. She also looked somewhat uncomfortable working the in-the-round stage.

After Faith finished, her and Tim did a few more duets, and then there was a few minute break while the backing bands switched places. After that, Tim came out to do his set.

As you could have guessed from the 2-to-1 ratio of women to men in the audience, most people were there to see Tim. The crowd was going wild throughout his entire performance, singing along and cheering him on. He put on a pretty good show, working the stage and singing well once he got warmed up on the first few songs.

As far as I could tell, they both played a good selection of their hits. Linzy said they hit all her favorites, and the crowd was really into things pretty much the entire concert.

The strangest thing about the concert was the way the initial duets were staged. Tim and Faith spent them back to back, sometimes at opposite ends of the stage. Even when they were close together on a couple of the duets, they were sitting in chairs facing opposite directions. I assume it was so that more of the crowd would have someone facing them, but it seemed weird to hear love song duets when the people singing weren't even looking at each other.

The stage itself was quite the interesting thing, there were a few trap door elevators, and the whole thing could display video (ala The Fremont Street Experience). That was a fairly neat way to liven up the presentation, given that it wasn't a traditional stage where there could be video screens behind the performers.

I thought the concert was pretty good, even for someone who wasn't a fan of either artist. If you were a fan, I think you would really enjoy it. Linzy certainly did.


Bill Roehl said...

I feel for you dude, I really really do :)

Brenden Johnson said...

How did you take the pictures? What settings? They turned out very well.

Steve Eck said...

Bill, Linzy ends up going to all kinds of not-really-her-thing activities for me, so I had no issue going to a concert that she loved with her.

Brenden, Some were taken in night mode, and others just in regular mode without flash. That and a steady hand was all that was required. Of course, I didn't upload the 12 blurry ones it took to get 3 non-blurry ones.

Bill Roehl said...

I was wondering if you used a mini tripod or something. Nice work.

Steve Eck said...

Bill, Thanks!