After a four-year hiatus, Reba McEntire is stepping back into the spotlight for—what else?—a Vegas residency, with longtime pals Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dun.
Reba McEntire is the latest in a slew of country music superstars who are turning Las Vegas into Nashville West.
This past January, Reba McEntire released “Going Out Like That,” the lead single from her first studio album since 2010’s All the Women I Am. Its refrain is anything but subtle—“Everybody, here comes the life of the party”—giving audiences an enticing preview of what to expect when McEntire takes the stage at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in June for Together in Vegas, a multimonth residency with friends Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn.
As McEntire tells it, the reunion with Brooks & Dunn, a duo she’s worked with for more than 20 years, came about quite naturally. “It really didn’t take any convincing,” she says. “The way it happened was that Ronnie, Kix, myself, our spouses, and a few other couples were at dinner one night in Nashville. We were talking about vacations we go on, how much fun we all have together, and someone said we should go do another tour.”
But rather than sign on for a full-scale tour, the performers opted for something that required less of a time commitment but packed just as much of a punch: a short-term residency. “The consensus was Vegas,” McEntire continues, “and shortly after that dinner, conversations started happening between both of our camps and Caesars. They were very excited about us coming to Vegas.”
Understandably so. The trio’s Colosseum residency is the latest in a series of blockbuster country music deals to rock the Vegas entertainment landscape. The recent Rascal FlattsVegas Riot! show, for example, was a collaboration between the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas and AEG Live, which also operates and produces programming for the Colosseum.
For AEG Live, forming a partnership with McEntire and Brooks & Dunn was akin to striking gold. According to Bobby Reynolds, vice president of booking at AEG Live Las Vegas, tickets for the trio’s 15-date residency—which kicks off in mid-June, continues through July, and resumes in December after a five-month intermission—are selling “tremendously well.”
The residency will also serve as a platform for McEntire to showcase select tracks from her latest full-length album, love somebody, released in April. While it may be her 27th studio release, the album is McEntire’s debut effort since signing with a new label, an imprint of Big Machine Records (home of Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, among others) called Nash Icon Music. “I love finding new songs to sing and record,” McEntire says of the experience. “I’m getting reacquainted with all the folks in radio and getting to see old friends again. It’s been good.”
In addition to new material, audiences can expect to hear many of the hits that catapulted McEntire and Brooks & Dunn into the highest stratum of country music fame in the early 1990s. “We have a lot of number-one songs to choose from,” McEntire says, “and we’re trying to choose the ones that we feel the fans want to hear and the ones we love to sing the most.… I’m the one who brings the sequins, crystals, flash, and color to the stage. Kix and Ronnie bring the kick-ass attitude with bad boy/ rebel–type songs that put the audience on their feet.
“It’s always fun to be with Kix and Ronnie,” she adds. “We have so much fun when we’re together, so getting to do a show together again is like riding a bicycle. It all falls right back into place.” June 17–July 4 and December 2–12 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For tickets, which start at $59.50, call 866-320-9763 or visit axs.com