“A second chance at a time in a lifetime opportunity”
The tour stop from Garth Brooks Stadium to Music City was a long time coming. Indeed, fans have been waiting for this moment since the summer of 2021.
Last July, Brooks canceled his concert in Nashville at Nissan Stadium due to bad weather. Yet thousands of spectators had already arrived by the time the show was cancelled, meaning fans headed home in the pouring rain. Brooks and his team refunded over 71,000 tickets that night.
And in April 2022, almost a year later, 73,000 fans returned. We came back to hear the country singer who has a grip on our hearts.
The rescheduled stadium tour was also a double whammy. Brooks kicked off the spring weekend on a Friday night, April 15, then packed the stadium even tighter the following Saturday night. On the second night, fans decked out in cowboy hats and boots arrived in droves to eagerly await the start of the country singer’s set. Lined up in Titan’s stadium, fans turned to each other in anticipation and asked if their gig mates had been there for the “rain” as the show was canceled.
Then, shortly after 8:00 p.m. CST, Brooks rose from below the stage in an eruption of energy.
Early on, Brooks played hits like “The Beaches of Cheyenne” and “Two Piña Coladas.” Brooks also paused to declare the gig to be his “second chance at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Almost moved to tears a few times, Brooks thanked Nashville fans for their dedication and, more importantly, for singing all of his songs to him.
Then, in a perfectly punny moment, Brooks introduced the country staple “The Thunder Rolls” in a cheeky rain reference. “Nashville, don’t get me wrong,” he said, “thunder will be roll.” And lightning strikes. Brooks also gave a nod to his many country influences, including the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with a cover of “Fishin’ in the Dark.”
Other songs like “Unanswered Prayers”, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)”, and “Calling Baton Rouge” were played by Brooks and his band. Still, the highlight of the concert and the peak of the fan frenzy was of course “Friends in Low Places”. Brooks stretched out the song as everyone in the audience sang along. After “Friends in Low Places” there was an equally epic performance of the more moving “The Dance”.
The night never seemed to end, and Brooks even told the crowd that he “could do this all night” more than once. But as the show was winding down, a poster of a young fan caught Brooks’ attention. The singer read the poster, signed it, then sang a duet of “Standing Outside the Fire” with the fan, whose name turned out to be Charles.
Brooks then ended his two-hour set with a few covers and closed it with a rendition of “American Pie.”
And when the lights finally came back on, the fans left the stadium still stunned with admiration… and dry too.