Garth Brooks Speaks Out on Returning to Touring: ‘Our Job Is To Gather People’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood live in a home near Nissan Stadium in Nashville. So he doesn’t have to travel very far to get to Saturday night’s concert.

More than 70,000 fans are expected to show up to see Garth Brooks tonight as he continues his stadium tour across the United States. And he’ll continue touring, so long as the Covid-19 numbers don’t sideline live music again.

“Here’s the important thing: our job is to gather people in mass numbers,” Garth Brooks said. “If that’s a bad thing, then we need to stand down. And that’s what we’ll do.”

Saturday night’s crowd will be a record for Nissan Stadium, the traditional home of the Tennessee Titans. Brooks has been hyping his hometown concert since June, when he told fans when to start buying tickets.

“You’re going to rollout of your freakin’ bed,” Garth Brooks said at the thought of playing so close to his own home. “It’s like pulling up to your own kitchen table.”

This Is Garth Brooks’ First Concert at Nissan Stadium

He did one of his weekly Studio G Facebook shows from the stadium last month. And he started it all in the Tennessee locker room, as he got to be a Titans fans, as opposed to a country icon. No, just because Brooks played quarterback in high school back in Oklahoma, the Titans hadn’t scouted his skills.

Overall, he proclaimed that Nissan Stadium “is built for concerts. It’s beautiful.” His opening act will be members of the Grand Ole Opry. They’ll be on a stage at the 50-yard line. Garth Brooks will be in the opening act, as will Yearwood. But the other participants still are a secret. Brooks said there will be at least three more stars.

Brooks never has played a full concert at Nissan Stadium. Four years ago, he made a surprise appearance as part of CMA Fest.

He restarted his stadium tour earlier this month. It originally began in 2019. But Covid curtailed plans of a 2020 restart. The last time he gave a concert in Tennessee was across the state at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville two years ago. More than 84,000 people attended that day.

Thousands of fans have purchased tickets for each stop this year. That’s just part of the giant Garth Brooks experience. Fans can join thousands of others and sing his greatest hits. Not every stadium has sold out. But he’s still drawing massive crowds. The tour continues in August with stops in Kansas City, Mo., and Lincoln, Neb.

And Garth Brooks will be pumped to hear his fans in Nashville sing his songs.

“When people go, ‘Do the numbers matter?’ No, they don’t,” Brooks said. “It’s the connection that you make,” Brooks says. “But I’m going to be honest with you. 70,000 singing ‘The River’ is cooler than 13,000 singing ‘The River.'”