In case you haven’t heard, Garth Brooks is back!
After taking a 13 year hiatus from performing to raise his daughters, he has returned to the stage accompanied by his wife, Trisha Yearwood. And we were lucky enough to get tickets to see one of his concerts! Our original tickets were for Jan. 22, 2016, but that happened to be the day of the huge snow storm, so thankfully, the concert was rescheduled for January 31st at 3:00pm at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Our motel room was reserved, plans were made for our son to watch our collie, Gunnar and we were set!
We arrived early at the arena, made our way to our seats and watched the arena slowly fill with fans of all ages.
Once filled, the overhead arena lights dimmed, explosive music and lights erupted from the stage and there he was….Garth Brooks!
Garth took the stage dressed in jeans, dark button up shirt and his signature cowboy hat and started the show with a few stanzas of Man Against Machine from his album by the same name. The crowd went crazy!
He then spoke with such warmth and enthusiasm, telling the audience that he knew we came to hear his old stuff and that’s what he was going to play. He invited the crowd to sing along with him as he moved right into “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House”. Hit after hit from his long career followed; “The Dance”, “The Thunder Rolls”, “Friends in Low Places” and “Unanswered Prayers” just to name a few.
The crowd loved him! Everyone was on their feet throughout the entire concert and the applause, screams and whistles never stopped. It wasn’t only the audience having a good time though, Garth seemed to be having just as much fun with his fans as they were with him.
Midway through, Trisha Yearwood took the stage and treated us to her beautiful voice by singing a few songs including her hit “How Do I Live”. Then Garth was back and after a duet and an affectionate kiss between the two, Trisha departed.
Next Garth did something I’ve never seen at a concert, and I have to say it was really special. He took the stage alone and did what he called the “housekeeping” segment of the show. He walked around the stage with his guitar looking for the signs his fans were holding up with the names of songs they wanted to hear. He then played and sang a portion of that song, almost as if he were singing to that fan alone.
It was wonderful, just the man, his guitar and over 11,000 fans loving every minute of it!