7 Years Ago: Brooks & Dunn Play Their Final Show
Seven years ago today, on Sept. 2, 2010, Brooks & Dunn played their final show. The duo, made up of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, announced their split in 2009, before launching their Last Rodeo Tour, which ended in front of a sold-out crowd at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
“This is not a funeral,” Brooks said during the concert. “We did show up to party.”
During their final show, Brooks & Dunn performed many of their biggest hits from the previous 20 years, including "Play Something Country," "Put a Girl in It," "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone," "Red Dirt Road" and "My Maria," among many others. Reba McEntire -- the duo's only celebrity guest during the concert -- joined the pair to perform "Cowgirls Don't Cry." Proceeds from the concert benefited the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
When rumors began to swirl about the reasons behind Brooks & Dunn's breakup, the two men insisted that they weren't calling it quits because of animosity between them.
“Nothing lasts forever,” Brooks said at the time. “We’ve had this process of making records and getting ready for tours year after year … So how do we wrap this thing up? What’s the classy, right way to do it? That’s what we’re focusing on now — a great tour, and we’re gonna call it Last Rodeo ... We’re going to relive 20 years of whatever the heck we’ve been doing!”
Both Brooks and Dunn embarked on solo careers after their breakup, with Brooks releasing New to This Town in 2012 and Dunn releasing his own self-titled album in 2011, followed by Peace, Love and Country Music in 2014.
In 2014, Brooks & Dunn announced that they were reuniting for a series of shows in Las Vegas with McEntire. The residency, dubbed Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas, launched in June of 2015 and is ongoing.
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