Brooks & Dunn on REBOOT 2022 Tour, ‘Who Says Reba Won’t Be There?’

Written by Chris Parton
Brooks & Dunn on REBOOT 2022 Tour, ‘Who Says Reba Won’t Be There?’
BROOKLYN, MI - JULY 21: Kix Brooks (L) and Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn perform at Michigan International Speedway on July 21, 2018 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)

Iconic country music duo Brooks & Dunn surprised fans with plans for a big-time return to the road on Monday (February 28), as they continue ramping back up to full speed more than 10 years after “retiring.” But while the news was widely welcomed, both by fans and critics, something felt suspiciously missing.

At the end of 2021, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn ended their long running Las Vegas residency with fellow ’90s legend Reba McEntire, and sadly, their Reboot 2022 Tour doesn’t include her on any of the dates — at least officially. But B&D might have something up their sleeve.

Speaking with reporters after the tour’s announce, both Brooks and Dunn said choosing their opening acts was a labor of love. There were lots of things to consider, especially since easing COVID restrictions mean that every single artist out there wants to get back on the road. They ended up with big name rising stars like Gabby BarrettJordan DavisRiley GreenWalker Hayes and Jon Pardi, plus up and comers like Tyler Booth, Morgan Wade, Jackson Dean, King Callaway, Dillon Carmichael, Tenille Townes and Tyler Braden. That’s not half bad, but what about Reba?

“What makes you think she won’t be there?” Brooks fired back, mixing his famous sense of humor with what seemed like an honest hint at something big.

Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire; Photo courtesy of Live Nation Las Vegas

Perhaps that’s something to keep in mind for one special gig on the Reboot schedule, as B&D rolls back into Nashville’s Bridgestone arena on June 18. The hometown arena gig will mark their first headlining show in the country music capitol since their “final” show back in 2010, and would be perfectly primed for a huge welcome back party, complete with guest appearances. Obviously, that is just speculation, but it’s not completely out of the question.

When asked about their Nashville return, Dunn even admitted that Nashville shows always used to “scare” the duo, since the spotlight always seems brighter in Music City. But if you’re determined to rise to the occasion, a little help from a friend never hurts.