Garth Brooks Nearly Goes Full Water Works Talking About Live Music on ‘Kelly Clarkson Show’

by Jennifer Shea

Country superstar Garth Brooks got pretty choked up talking about live music in a recent interview with Kelly Clarkson from the latter’s holiday special.

“The Kelly Clarkson Show” recently released the video clip. And it shows that as Brooks started talking about playing music for audiences during the pandemic, his voice began to quiver and he got visibly emotional.

“Any chance that you get to sing and play, thank you God,” Brooks said. “Thank you the people that do the Zoom stuff. It’s a chance to get to see… I do know how to look in there and go, ‘I see those faces. I see those faces at every live show.’ You know? And you can see ‘em right there. You can see the depth in ‘em. You can see their heart and soul.”

“Oh my God, man, how lucky we are to get to be together this way,” he added. “But just think, it’s like pulling that arrow back. The more you keep us apart… It’s gonna be so good. And there’s gonna be 800 artists like me and you going, ‘Get the hell outta my way. ’Cause I wanna get on that stage.’”

Garth Brooks Canceled Five Stadium Tour Dates

Meanwhile, midway through a rollicking stadium tour that saw Brooks return to in-person shows, the country star canceled the rest of his tour dates for 2021, citing rising coronavirus cases across the nation. However, he promised to refund the approximately 350,000 tickets that had been sold for stadium shows in the five remaining cities on his tour.

“In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was falling behind us,” Brooks said in a statement, per Variety. “Now, watching this new wave, I realize we are still in the fight and I must do my part.”

Instead of postponing the concerts indefinitely, as some artists had done at the beginning of the pandemic, Brooks canceled them outright. Then he sent refunds through Ticketmaster to the original form of payment. But he left open the prospect of new dates toward the end of the year if pandemic conditions improve.

The canceled dates were in Cincinnati; Charlotte; Baltimore; Foxborough, Massachusetts and Nashville.

Brooks Had Been Thrilled to Play In Person Again

The cancellations were a particularly tough decision because Brooks had been delighted to perform onstage before cheering crowds once again. He couldn’t wait to see in-person shows return. But Brooks was adamant that it had to be done the right way.

“The thing that’s going to ease your anxiety the most is to know it’s done right,” Brooks recently said. “Are these people taken care of when they come in the stadium?”

Moreover, taking care of his fans was priority number one for Brooks, which explains why he was willing to err on the side of caution and refund fans their money. But as soon as he knows it’s safe, he sure can’t wait to get back out there.