SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 17, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Country megastar Garth Brooks spoke to reporters Friday in Salt Lake City, hours before more than 50,000 concert-goers were set to attend a show at sold out at the Rice-Eccles stadium, the first of two nights in what seems to have the makings of pure musical bliss.
The master showman, and downright kind, took the time before Friday’s concert to chat with Daisy Blake of the Gephardt Daily not only about the special nature of the Utah shows, but also recent milestones in her life, including including honors at the Kennedy Center.
In total, Brooks sold over 160,000 tickets for three record shows at the stadium; one last summer and two this weekend.
Brooks first performed at the stadium on July 17, 2021. It was his first concert in Salt Lake in 10 years, and it was the fastest stadium sale in Ticketmaster history, with fewer tickets gone. 30 minutes.
Fast forward to April 2022, when Brooks announced his return to Rice-Eccles Stadium on June 18. The show sold 50,000 tickets in 45 minutes. The following week, Brooks added a brand new opening night concert for June 17, again selling out in 45 minutes.
This will be the only return date in any North American city and is Brooks’ last concert in the states of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.
Brooks said his goal with the Stadium Tour is for people to leave the venue loving each other more than when they arrived.
“We’re probably the most divided we’ve ever been,” he said. “But out there tonight you’ll see people who if they were in a room together they probably wouldn’t get along, they don’t know each other but they know they like to sing, and here they are with their arms around each other, singing “Friends in Low Places” or “Two Pina Coladas”.
Brooks said for those who come to more than one show, each will be a little different. He said an artist’s job is to bring people to a certain level with the songs and not let them go down from there. “There will be someone coming to all three, so you’re going to try to make everyone different, you’re trying not to study nine months ago, because you kind of want to be where you are now. is something that always bothered me a bit anyway, it’s the same songs, you cover the same songs, maybe it’s not in the same order, but yet people come to the show 50 times, 60 times, and they swear it’s different every time that I can’t imagine it being.The only thing that’s different is sometimes my weight is up here and sometimes down here…the rest is c It’s the same guys, the same players, the same fun.
Brooks told reporters his wife Trisha Yearwood would appear with him on Friday and Saturday.
“Yeah, we’re here together; she’s been here on the pitch before, and everyone treats her like a queen, it’s like, who’s the guy with her; I always feel good until she shows up in the room, so I’m a plus one,” he said. “But I keep saying it, there’s no other human being on the planet I’d rather be next to, breathing the same air.”
Surprisingly, Brooks told us he doesn’t have a rider, which is a set of requests that a performer provides instead, like particular food or drink. Famously, Van Halen required concert halls to provide bowls of M&M’s in their dressing rooms – but with all the browns removed.
“I don’t have one,” Brooks said. “I’ve heard of jumpers all my life…we’ll take all the brown M&M’s.” I don’t know I’d say probably the queen has more stuff like she’s a water person so I’m sure they probably have the exact water but I don’t know me I Love Taco Bell, it’s the only place you can stop with six buses and 58 trucks and not even get a $40 bill.
Last May, Brooks was one of five artists to receive one of the most prestigious honors an artist can receive, the Kennedy Center Honor. He spoke to the Gephardt Daily exclusively about what that moment was like.
“It was a lot of fun because of who you confuse, you know, they’re the best in the world,” he said. “The first thing you do when you walk into the Kennedy Center is you see the list of people who have received the Kennedy Center Honor, are you kidding me? I was happy for country music. But it’s always humbling to do anything with me, because there’s always someone on my right who probably deserves the prize more, but women have to work a thousand times harder to get half as much, so it’s still very humbling and brings you down to earth to know that even though you think you’re good, you’re married to the best.
We also asked Brooks who he would like to play in a movie or musical about himself. “Michael B. Jordan would be great,” he joked. “People say we look alike all the time…no, I don’t know who would play Garth, I don’t know if anyone would. It would be a fun story though, and what a fun story would be , it was just, a guy who totally fought the system all along, I mean that’s all we did was fight the system, and because of that, we got the lucky to not have to go through what Taylor has been through, not have to go through what other people have been through where they have no control over their music, so we feel very lucky to be in this position .
We asked if Brooks could see his three daughters, Taylor, August and Allie, on Father’s Day. “Oh yes, I’ll go home,” he said. “But we’ve already been texting and stuff, because one of them works here, so I can kiss him, all weekend, and the other two, I just saw. So I don’t know if I’ll be able to see one of my babies on Father’s Day because they’re scattered all over the place, but believe me, there’s no one who remembers how great he is anymore. father being that I am, these girls take care of me.
In November 2020, right after receiving the Billboard Music Icon Award, Brooks released two new albums, his 12th studio album, “Fun” and his live album “Triple Live Deluxe”. In January of the same year, Billboard announced that Brooks was the first artist to appear on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s and now 20s. He debuted “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” in 1989. With “Dive Bar”, a duet he sang with Blake Shelton, he broke onto the list in 2020. The single inspired a tour of dive bars in capital cities country music across the country that will continue their streak of stops through 2022. Unfortunately, there won’t be a dive bar stop in Salt Lake this time around; last year Brooks and his band played at the Westerner.
In November 2019, A&E aired “Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On”, for two consecutive nights. Part of their prestigious “Biography” franchise, the documentary offered an intimate look into Brooks’ life as a musician and father. The show is now available on Netflix.
In 2017, he completed Garth Brooks’ three and a half year world tour with Yearwood. The tour sold over 6.3 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history and the biggest US tour in the world.
Brooks is the first-ever seven-time recipient of the CMA Entertainer of the Year award. He is the first and only artist in history to receive nine Diamond Awards for the nine albums now certified Diamond at over 10 million albums sold each. He remains the best-selling solo artist in US history, certified by the RIAA with 157 million albums sold. Last year he was named Country Touring Artist of the Decade at the 2021 Pollstar Awards.
Brooks also has Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series. It airs every Monday on Garth’s Facebook page at 5:00 PM MT. For more information on the visit, click here. For more information on getting to and from Brooks shows in Salt Lake, click here.