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Tim McGraw/Faith Hill set concert record

Thursday, September 6, 2007 – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul Tour, which ended last month, set a 2-year-run with a total box office gross of $142 million.

According to Billboard Magazine, this establishes a new record for a multi-year tour in North America in country music history, surpassing Garth Brooks' 3-year run in 1996-1998 of $105 million, McGraw's publicist said. Almost 2 million fans attended the 117 shows in 92 cities and 2 countries.

"Our fans have been amazing these past two years," said the couple in a joint statement. "Together we have shared the best nights of our lives and made some history along the way."

The 2007 tour featured a benefit concert in Biloxi, Miss., not far from where Hill grew up, while in 2006 the New Orleans stop wrapped resulted in a $1 million donation from their Neighbor's Keeper Foundation to the Community Initiative Foundation in Baton Rouge, La. The foundation runs children and young adult art therapy programs at the Renaissance Camp, the largest trailer city in Baton Rouge.

"It was really important to Tim and I that we give back to our home states of Mississippi and Louisiana," said Hill. "We started our foundation with the philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors in their moment of need, and we are blessed to be able to help these areas."

During this year's tour, highlights included Tony Bennett singing "Cold Cold Heart" with McGraw at Madison Square Garden and Kenny Rogers performing "She Believes In Me" with him in Atlanta.

Hill was joined on stage by singer/songwriter Angie Aparo, who wrote "Cry," for four dates. The couple did several "Bread & Water" shows including at the House of Blues in Chicago where they performed hit songs and covers until the club closed down at 4:30 a.m. Jim Belushi joined McGraw and The Dancehall Doctors on stage for several songs that night and then did "Sweet Home Chicago" with Hill.

This could be the last joint tour for awhile at least based on comments made by McGraw.

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