Shortly after he started his set at The Hanover Theatre Tuesday night, Vince Gill remarked that early on in his career, when he was allotted the opening act’s usual 20 or 30 minutes of playing time, he made a promise to himself. If he ever got to be a headliner, he would play for a lot longer than that. As usual, he kept his promise Tuesday, playing for the better part of three hours for a crowd that seemed to appreciate every minute of it.
And as usual, now that he finds himself on the other, descending side of fame, Gill was less restricted in what he chose to play, and ranged across the length and breadth of his catalog, pulling out obscurities such as “Ridin’ the Rodeo” alongside his hits. So it was a typical example of what a Vince Gill performance has become over the past few years, although the marriage proposal that Gill facilitated midshow was likely not so typical. Happily, she said yes, so that Gill could serenade the newly engaged pair with his supper-club-jazz love song “Faint of Heart.”