It’s been seven years since Garth Brooks played the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and fans and industry insiders alike were glad the see the country superstar coming home to wrap up the end of his 3-year long world tour with Trisha Yearwood.
While this is just the end of the North American leg of the tour, the couple is looking back on their time on the road.
“Joy. It’s really an experience,” Trisha said to One Country. “I’ve been to a lot of shows, I’ve played a lot of shows of my own, I’ve opened for Garth two other times but there is something about this tour and I think it is because it’s come at a time in both of our careers, when we’ve been for a long time, so there is a lot of gratitude to get to do this and to be able to do it on this level when this many people come to shows has made us just grateful. I think we were grateful in the nineties but there is just something special about getting to do it now.”
But Garth, on the other hand, had a little trouble trying to sum up his time on the biggest tour in North American history. “I don’t know how you would. First I never thought it would happen,” Garth said getting choked up. “And then it happened and it happened at a good size. It’s only now that you can say it happened without jinxing it. It’s only now that you can say, ‘Holy cow.’ And because of that everybody’s emotional. It isn’t because this is the last ride for us, this isn’t the Good Lord willing the last ride for us, I think it’s just all of us are starting to now consume what’s actually happened.
What happened was that Garth Brooks has broken records by launching into his 3-year Garth Brooks World Tour, selling 6.4 million tickets to his concerts. On Saturday night, the “The Dance” singer came home to Nashville for the first of seven shows that will end the tour that began in 2014
Garth began his show with “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” a song from his 2016 Gunslinger album, one of the few new songs he played that night with the exception of his current No. 1 hit, “Ask Me How I Know.” There was no lack of enthusiasm from the crowd or from Garth himself who lapped up every moment listening to the audience sing back every word to every one of his songs, including “Two of a Kind,” “Beaches of Cheyenne,” “The River,” “Two Pina Coladas” and songs that brought us back to the Garth of old, where he was running around the stage like a 25-year-old, “Papa Loves Mama” and “Ain’t Goin’ Down.”
It was an hour into hit after hit before his wife, Trisha Yearwood, entered the arena to join her husband on their duet “In Another’s Eyes.” If anyone had forgotten what an incredible voice Trisha Yearwood has—one of, if not the best in country music— they were immediately reminded when she broke into her hit “How Do I Live,” before continuing with crowd favorites, “She’s In Love With The Boy,” “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)” and a throwback, “Wrong Side of Memphis.”
After Trisha celebrated with a toast to her husband and songwriter Mitch Rossell for their No. 1 hit, “Ask Me How I Know,” Garth was back on stage interacting with the crowd on songs like “Shameless,” “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” “Friends In Low Places” that included the rarely heard third verse, and “The Dance.”
Just when you thought the show was over and you were about to head to the car, the 55-year-old singer returned to the stage for an encore, in which he allowed the audience to make requests. Eight songs later, including Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” and George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning,” Garth ended the more than two-hour show with “Standing Outside the Fire.”
In one night, and there will be many more, Garth Brooks has proven with every lyric, every song, every gesture and every ounce of gratitude he exudes to those who come to see him play, why he is the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year. Hands down, Garth Brooks is country music’s greatest entertainer.