True country entertainment
April 12, 2010 - Pam Rodgers
I had the pleasure to go see George Strait and Reba McEntire in concert on April 10 in Wells Fargo Arena. I must say it was simply fantastic. I could not have imagined a more entertaining show. The king and queen of country music were at their best. It was an awesome way to spend 4 and a half hours. In truth, I was at the concert more for Reba than anyone else. I like George, but I like Reba even more. The combination of two, however, was more than I could have imagined.
For starters, we had great seats. I wasn’t on the floor but I was close enough to get some great photos of the performers. The opening act was Lee Ann Womack, and she started the night off really well. For someone who could headline her own tour, as an opener she was phenomenal.
Then Reba took to the stage. She could have sang for 6 hours, and she still wouldn’t have been through all of her songs. The songs she did choose were great. There were only about two songs I didn’t know all the words. It was great! There were several parts of her performance that were spectacular but I must say the best part was when Lee Ann joined Reba on stage to sing Reba’s powerful number one smash, “Does He Love You.” That was one of the things I hoped would happen the most going into the concert. The next best thing was Reba closed with “Fancy.” It was great because she had left the stage and came back in the iconic red dress that I have come to associate with the song. It was also fun to have comedian Melissa Peterman make an appearance. I watched the Reba TV show, which Melissa was on, so it was great to see those two make the crowd laugh. I said after Reba was done, I could have left happy as ever, but the evening wasn’t over.
Then George Strait took to the stage. He could sing for 12 hours and still not be all the way through his song list. He has some great songs, and he played most of the songs that are my favorites. The thing that impressed me the most was that he would sing song after song with very little break in between or long drawn out speeches. The stage was in the middle so he would sing two songs at one edge, then circle to the next one. He would sing two more songs there, then move to the next spot, etc. playing his guitar the whole time. It was amazing. One of the best parts of his performance was his encore. After he had played for more than an hour straight, he came back and did four more songs. It was a great way to end the night.
Country’s king and queen did a great job. I was so glad to get the chance to go to the show. It was my first concert, and it was a great one to start with. However, I don’t see how any other show could live up to the high standard set by George, Reba and Lee Ann.