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Photos: Tim McGraw is better than he used to be at The Joint

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Tim McGraw performs at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on June 7, 2011.

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Tim McGraw at The Joint

Tim McGraw performs at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on June 7, 2011. Launch slideshow »
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Tim McGraw performs at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on June 7, 2011.

By Jay Marie

Country superstar Tim McGraw made a stop on his Emotional Traffic Tour last night at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and performed for a packed house, and photographer Erik Kabik was onsite for a photo gallery for Vegas DeLuxe.

Clad in his signature tighter-than-tight black leather pants, a tight black T-shirt, black cowboy boots and his black Stetson, McGraw performed many of his top hits -- he’s had more than 30 No. 1 singles on the country charts -- and a few new ones for more than 90 minutes. He opened the set with “Something Like That,” and followed with hits such as “When the Green Grass Grows,” “Down on the Farm” and “Just to See You Smile.”

McGraw performed two songs from his new album Emotional Traffic -- “Right Back at Ya” and his latest ballad “Better Than I Used to be,” which left cowgirls swooning as he professed that this might be his “favorite song he’s ever written.” Emotional Traffic is scheduled to be released this summer.

McGraw brought down the house with encores “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Indian Outlaw.” Surprise guest Luxor headliner comic Carrot Top joined McGraw onstage for the final song “I Like It, I Love It,” and the crowd definitely wanted more of it!

McGraw’s Emotional Traffic Tour follows his hugely successful Southern Voice Tour last year, which included opening acts Lady Antebellum, Love and Theft and The Lost Trailers. Opening up for him last night was country rock singer Brantley Gilbert, who performed his hits “My Kind of Crazy” and “Dirt Road Anthem.”

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