special guest Faith Hill
A Concert Review
May 30, 1996
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Photos by Big
Okay, here I am laying in bed in my jammies trying to figure out how
to start this review. So, I called up Big Cooter and asked him what
he thought of Faith Hill, who opened for Tim McGraw. All he could
babble (like that is anything new) was "Whoa… Uhmmm. I like
her." Which simply translates to he has the hots for her. I
don't things he paid too much attention to the music, so I guess it
is up to me.
|Tim McGraw Cracks a Grin!
I never really took the time to listen to Faith Hill's music
until her show the Rosemont Horizon. I can say I did really enjoy
the music, but, unfortunately, I really don't think she knows that
to do with herself up on stage - sometimes she looked a little lost.
She started out with "Someone Else's Dream" and
followed with "Take Me As I Am." This got the crowd going,
well, at least the music got some people's attention because I think
the little perverts were just digging the black leggings and spandex
top (good thing she can pull that outfit off).
Well, after getting the crowd all jazzed up for that, she broke
into "Gotta Be a Do Right Man." Boy, was that a downer!! I
guess you always have to come down after something exciting. Then
Faith led into her new single "Can't Lose Me." It was
okay, but I thought the piano solo was actually the best part. After
a quick costume change (into a black evening gown), she cruised into
"It Matters to Me."
During the show, it was really funny watching the guys. It was
humorous to see some guy freaking out over her. She exchanged some
words with him, and he was getting all excited and sorts. I'd watch
it Faith, he has stalker written all over him.
Like I said before, Faith seems to have a little problem of
knowing what to do with herself during musical solos in the songs,
and this was really obvious during "Can't Do That
Anymore." I know it's a slow tear-jerker song, but she just
seemed lost. But she did have success when a back-up singer named
Lisa Gray came forward. She did an excellent job of helping out on
"The Way You Do The Things You Do," and I wouldn't be
surprised, with her potential, if she has her own album some day.
Continuing on, they started singing some song "Walkin'
On" leaving me feeling very spiritual. I was almost afraid a
ray of sunshine was going to come through the theater (it was then I
realized it was a spotlight).
Now, all of a sudden, everything went down-hill. She announced
the name of a song, but I couldn't understand a single word of it.
Me, I'll call it the "Blah-Blah" song. She sang the
"Blah-Blah" song to some guy in the audience who was all
so perked up he looked like he was drooling out of the side of his
mouth. Faith was really working him until he told her he was 17. She
almost seemed shocked. Well, she backed off a little at that point,
but still took some time to do some major digs on his age. Looks
like another stalker in the making! Well, another song followed that
I couldn't understand, but I will tell you this - it had an
excellent acoustic and mandolin jam!
Now, Faith really seems to enjoy the song "Wild One."
She finally seemed to know what to do by jumping and dancing all
around. A change into a vinyl outfit and it was off to Vegas, a song
I really like, and it was great live. A couple of cool oldies came
up next, the likes of "Take Another Piece of My Heart" and
Now, somehow I managed to be sitting where no one could sit on
their butts and watch a show. Seriously, during the entire concert
people kept getting up about every five minutes and going outside. I
counted this one chick leaving and coming back about a dozen times
during one song. People…sit your ass down and show some respect to
those around you. I wondered what might be out there, but I had a
job to do. I'm sorry, I digress.
Anyway, all in all, I give Faith Hill a DOUBLE MARGARITA!! I
still would prefer to listen to a cowboy in tight jeans and boots.
Well, what do you know, Tim McGraw was up next!
Now, one things about Tim McGraw - he is excellent in just about
A lot of country singers wear the boots, jeans and hats, but what I
like most about Tim was he genuinely looked like he just got back
from spending the day on the fields. He had that "plain work
clothes" look going! Now that's the type of man you want to
come home to! After coming back to reality, I heard him singing
"Where I've Never Been" and into "Down on the
Farm." It was a nice touch to have the music video playing on
some screens on the stage, but I'd rather look at his butt walking
back and forth! He was so laid back it amazed me, and Big Cooter
didn't seem to be getting into this too much. I think he still
couldn't shake his stiffy over Faith but I wasn't going to look.
I really things "What You Get is What You See" was an
appropriate song at this point. Hey, I wouldn't mind getting a
little of that!!! Another thing that amazed me was that for the
strong man he is, his voice sounded rather high, especially during
"Never Lets It Go." I had to make sure it was him singing.
You'd expect a stud-muffin like him to have a deep voice, but no.
Now, I really love the song "All I Want is a Life"
maybe because I sure as hell don't really have one, and Tim didn't
disappoint me on this. But, you know, when you think about it, what
is wrong with his life? Geez, I'd trade places in a second!
Well, Bulls-mania had just started here in Chicago, so it wasn't
a huge surprise to see someone throw a Bulls shirt at him, but I
don't see him kickin' back watching a basketball game. He seems more
like the rodeo-type, which we all know is a real sport! It takes a
man with guts and stupidity (not unusual for most guys on the
latter) to go bull riding. But, Tim is not a typical man - he has
much more going for him.
Then came the tear jerker "She Can't Be Really Gone"
(if she did - what a dingbat!)! "Refried Dreams" brought a
real toe-tapper, and then a bongo solo opened up for "Make You
Understand." It was really strange listening to a bongo solo at
a country solo, but it made me start to crave a frozen drink. Had I
gotten one or two or six, I would have been all liquored up and when
you are with Big Cooter someone must stay sober (cuz we know it
won't be him!). One time the drunk fool was dancing with an
inflatable…. Oops, I digress.
The words to "She Drains My Tractor With Just One Kiss"
got Big Cooter's attention, and I'll tell you what, he can bring the
tractor over to my field anytime. But then, once again (like during
the Faith Hill set), he sang some song I couldn't understand one
word to. We will call this one the "Something" song. I
understood "Moment to Soon" and a nice touch was some
Allman Brothers like light show. It put me in a laid back frame of
mind, and I don't know if it was because of the mood or the sound
folks, but the words to the next two songs came out unintelligible.
Big Cooter and I both tried to figure out at least one work, but to
no avail. Maybe we were just too hypnotized by the lights to hear
anything, but Big Cooter snapped out of it quick when Faith Hill
came out in her evening gown to sing "I'm Crying Inside"
with Tim. Well, I have this sneaking suspicion something is going on
between those two because you don't slip that much tongue to a
friend when the song ends. Boy, her life must suck!
|Tim McGraw and his butt!!!
Wrapping things up, "Don't Take the Girl" had some
video clips with it and the crowd got all weepy. Too bad there was
no one there to hold me. He cruised into an acoustic version of
"See You Tonight" and saved the best jam for last with
"I Like It, I Love It."
Tim, all in all, gets a TRIPLE MARGARITA TOAST. Two for the show,
and one for his looks, especially his butt!!!