By Kristine McKenzieVEGAS.com
Tim McGraw was named country music’s No. 1 touring act of 2010 by Billboard Magazine and fans in Las Vegas have a chance to find out why when he makes a stop at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 7.
McGraw has sold more than 40 million records and has had 32 No. 1 singles, including his latest, “Felt Good On My Lips.” McGraw has won three Grammy awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association awards, 10 American Music awards and numerous others.
With that kind of success, McGraw is used to selling out large arenas and stadiums, but he says he looks forward to performing in the 4,000-seat Joint, a much more intimate venue.
“It changes it a bit – you can’t put in all the bells and whistles,” McGraw said of bringing his act to a smaller stage, but he says the energy from the band and the crowd in a smaller space makes for an exciting show.
McGraw said Vegas audiences add to the excitement too and are always a bit different from audiences in other cities. “They come to town for a reason and that’s to have fun,” he said.
Although McGraw laments that he usually doesn’t have much spare time when he makes a stop in Vegas he does enjoy the occasional relaxing moment. “I’m a pool guy. There are also a lot of good restaurants in Vegas too,” he said, citing the Eiffel Tower Restaurant as one of his favorites.
Other big music stars like Elton John and Rod Stewart have recently been signing on for long-term gigs in the city. McGraw said that’s not something he would completely rule out.
“Not anytime soon, but I wouldn’t say never. It’s sort of a nice deal to be able to stay in one spot and play and be able to hang out by the pool during the day,” he said.
Besides seeing McGraw on the road this summer, many fans caught his recent appearance on the finale of this season’s “American Idol,” where he did a duet with the winner, Scotty McCreery. “I think it’s fantastic that a country singer won,” McGraw said.
Although he says he doesn’t have any advice for the up-and-coming singer because everyone’s path is so different, he does like to give emerging bands a shot as his opening act. McGraw hand picks who opens his show, including Brantley Gilbert who will warm up the crowd for him at The Joint.
“I try to sort of look at the landscape and see who’s out there, who I think has a future, who would work well with us on the road,” McGraw said. “You look for someone who complements you, but does things differently at the same time.”
While it seems like McGraw has accomplished just about everything he can in music he says there is one thing he’d still like to do. Over the years he has done duets with many diverse artists including his wife and Nelly, but as for the artist he’d still like to sing with he said, “Springsteen. I’m a huge fan.”
Tim McGraw plays at The Joint June 7 at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.