Tim McGraw and Faith Hill brushed off tabloid divorce rumors as they powered into an encore run of “Soul2Soul,” a Las Vegas Strip residency that drew sellout crowds in its first season and is scheduled for 10 select weekends through April.
The country music royals sat close and bantered with each other before a doubleheader of shows Friday at the Venetian resort, telling reporters they’ve outlasted split rumors that started from the first weeks of their 17-year marriage.
“I wish people would stop buying that stuff, and I wish they’d just stop printing that stuff,” Hill said of the tabloids. “Happy is good. I don’t know why happy can’t be a story.”
The show, which squeezes the electricity of an arena production into a 1,800-seat theater with a live band, is a tag team of hits drawn from two decades of their separate, stellar careers.
McGraw called the Las Vegas shows a chance to “catch your breath” compared with the whirlwind of touring that he’ll pick up once again this summer.
But even residency may be too much for the couple, who fly from Nashville to Las Vegas for performance weekends. Hill said she’s less focused on new music projects than what’s for dinner and how to manage social calendars for her three daughters. The oldest is a high school junior.
After Saturday’s performances, the next showings of “Soul2Soul” are set for mid-January.
Hirsch’s wind turbine plan criticized
Some residents of a town in the New York’s Catskill Mountains are trying to stop actor Judd Hirsch from building a 177-foot wind turbine on his property.
Dozens of Hirsch’s neighbors in the town of Denning have signed a petition opposing the “Taxi” star’s plan for a turbine on his 96-acre property.
Richard Benktwitt lives in a log house about a mile from Hirsch. He tells the New York Times that the turbine “would ruin the beauty of the location.”
The 78-year-old Hirsch tells the Times that his neighbors’ fears are “baloney.” He said the wind turbine’s generator will cut his electricity bill to zero.
The birthday bunch
Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 75. Movie director Martin Scorsese is 71. Actress Lauren Hutton is 70. Actor-director Danny DeVito is 69. “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels is 69. Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is 55. Entertainer RuPaul is 53. Actor Dylan Walsh is 50. Actress-model Daisy Fuentes is 47. Actress Rachel McAdams is 35.