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Country Music Superstars At Arena

Fri., Nov. 14, 1997

Two of the biggest names in country stop in Spokane Thursday for a concert in the round at the Arena.

Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn, both headliners in their own right, will share a specially designed center stage that will allow close contact with fans.

In what’s billed as a hits-packed show without an intermission, the artists will hit the stage together for a few songs before performing as separate acts. The show’s expected to last more than 2-1/2 hours, with Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Reba performing at the end as well.

They’ve been on an 85-city tour since February, lugging around 40 tons of equipment on 18 tractor-trailers and 10 buses - along with an 88-member crew.

Brooks & Dunn gained prominence partly as an opening act for McEntire. The Grammy-winning duo has sold more than 14 million albums and notched 12 No. 1 singles since their first album came out in ‘91.

Their current album, “The Greatest Hits Collection,” has been in the top 10 on the country chart since its release earlier this year.

McEntire’s newest album, “What If It’s You,” also reached the top 10 and has scored several hits, including the title track and “The Fear of Being Alone.”

She’s sold a few more records than the boys - more than 38 million in all. But then, she’s released 24 albums compared with just five for Brooks & Dunn.

Since there’s no opening act, you don’t want to miss the 7:30 p.m. start.

All tickets are $41, available at G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets, or call 325-SEAT or (800) 325-SEAT.

, DataTimes


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