Tim McGraw/Faith Hill "Soul2Soul II" tour
Monday, January 30, 2006
– The second Tim McGraw/Faith Hill tour was formally announced Monday with the tour, expected to be more than 70 shows, slated to begin April 21 in Columbus, Ohio and continue into late July.
The "Soul2Soul II" Tour puts to end a nearly six year hiatus away from the road for Hill. McGraw has toured regularly over the years.
Their "Soul2Soul Tour 2000" proved to be very successful.
Tickets for select performances will go on-sale to the general public on Saturday, Feb. 11. The tour will be an in-the-round set design.
Fan club presale tickets will be available as of Feb. 6 at Hill's web site or at McGraw's web site.
Dates announced include:
|April21||Columbus, Ohio||Nationwide Arena|
|May 12||Buffalo, New York||HSBC Arena|
|May 27||Greenville, South Carolina||Bi-Lo Center|
|June 4||Sunrise, Florida||BankAtlantic Center|
|June 25||Boston, Massachusetts||TD Banknorth Garden|
|July 1||Cleveland, Ohio||Gund Arena|
|July 22||Houston, Texas||Toyota Center|
Shows also will be held in Albany, New York, Atlanta, Birmingham, Ala., Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Hershey, Pa., Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Mo., Knoxville, Tenn., Las Vegas, Little Rock, Ark., Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Oklahoma City, Okla., Philadelphia Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Ore., Raleigh, N.C., Richmond, Va., Sacramento, Cal., San Antonio, Texas, San Jose, Cal., Salt Lake City, Utah, Seattle, State College, Pa., St. Louis, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. and Washington, D.C.
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