Garth Will Rock (But Not Fly) In Nashville
No, Garth Brooks will not fly during his Nashville concerts at Bridgestone Arena. Fans who watched Garth's monstrous show at Texas Stadium in 1993, during which he famously flew across the venue on cables, might be disappointed, but for fans eagerly awaiting Garth's first concert in Nashville in 10 years, that one missing element is likely forgivable.
To sell out nine shows in Nashville was an amazing feat, even for Garth, he revealed today (Dec. 16) at a press conference hours before the first of nine shows over the course of a week. To have lighting, technology, sound, staging and other concert vendors willing to do the work for nine shows for free has him ever more astonished. "I was bracing for someone to say, 'Thanks, but no thanks,'" Garth said during a press conference. "It's only going to cost about $400,000 to put on these shows," Garth said. "Anyone in the concert business knows [that's astounding]."
Garth was quick to thank John McBride, husband of singer Martina McBride and a noted sound engineer and studio owner, for his work in helping to put the concerts together. "He's very passionate," Garth said of John.
Garth was noticeably short on the guest list—mentioning only singer/songwriter Karyn Rochelle and Steve Wariner as artists who will be appearing along with he and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, during the shows. But then again, since it's Nashville you never know who will grace the stage.
Besides a rare charitable event and his current one man show at the Wynn Las Vegas, it has been nearly a decade since Garth has put on a show of this magnitude, much less putting on two shows a night, which he'll do tonight as well as on Dec. 21 and 22.
The shows benefit the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which in turn will funnel funds to those affected by Nashville's May floods.