Garth Brooks Exceeds Expectations at Nashville Flood Relief Shows


Garth Brooks proved to fans why he’s the best-selling artist of all time Thursday, Dec. 16, when he took the stage of Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for the first two of his nine sold-out concerts.
And the fans proved to Brooks just how much he was missed by standing and cheering throughout the entire show.
Everyone involved in putting the nine-concert series together is working for free in order to donate as much as possible to the Nashville flood relief fund.
“Oh, I have missed you guys so much,” Brooks said to fans as they pushed up against the shoulder-high stage.
Brooks opened with his 1991 No. 3 hit “Rodeo.”
“Thank you for letting me come home to the great state of Tennessee,” he said.
The superstar continued with “Papa Loved Mama” (1992), “The Beaches of Cheyenne” (1995) and “Two of a Kind (Workin’ on a Full House)” (1991). Then, he took fans back to 1989 with his debut hit “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).”
Fans sang along as Brooks delivered a rousing rendition of Billy Joel’s “Shameless” from 1991, but when Brook’s began “Unanswered Prayers” (1990), fans sang every word without help.
“You don't know how many miles I traveled to hear you sing,” Brooks said.
After more of Brooks’ hits, he invited Steve Wariner to the stage to join him on “Callin’ Baton Rouge” from 1993 and “Longneck Bottle,” the 1997 single that Wariner co-wrote. Wariner then performed his 1985 hit, “Some Fools Never Learn.”
Next, Brooks’ wife and Country sensation in her own right, Trisha Yearwood joined him on stage for their 1997 Grammy-winning duet, “In Another’s Eyes.” She then took a solo turn with her 1991 track “She’s in Love With the Boy.”
After Yearwood helped Brooks with his most recent No. 1 from 2007, “More Than A Memory,” she bid the fans a farewell, and Brooks finished out his set with more hits, including songs from 1990, “Friends In Low Places” and “The Dance.” Brooks treated fans to one encore and performed the high-energy 1993 hit, “Ain’t Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up).”
Brooks has four shows left in Nashville, two shows each on Dec. 21 and 22.