Garth Brooks promised plenty of “the old stuff” during this tour’s final performance at the Forum Saturday night (July 29th), and delivered: with a concert that lasted nearly 3 hours, not including opening acts, singer-songwriters Mitch Rossell and Karyn Rochelle (Mitch is the writer behind Garth’s latest single “Ask Me How I Know” and Karyn has written a number of songs for Trisha Yearwood, as well as other artists, including co-writing “Red High Heels” with Kellie Pickler).
The first third of the show was comprised solidly of Garth hits, starting with the first single from his latest project Gunslinger, “Baby Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” and then continued with classics like “Rodeo,” “Two of a Kind,” “The River,” “Ain’t Goin’ Down (Til the Sun Comes Up),” “Unaswered Prayers,” “That Summer,” and the controversial “The Thunder Rolls.”
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He brought out wife and vocalist extraordinaire Trisha Yearwood to duet with him on “In Another’s Eyes,” before seamlessly stepping aside to allow her to take the spotlight, belting out favorites like “XXXs and OOOs,” “How Do I Live,” and the not-often performed “Wrong Side of Memphis,” while Garth sang backup.
Prior to “She’s In Love with the Boy,” Trisha warned that there would be a “kiss-cam,” similar to those at baseball games for the song, so she cautioned, “There’s no judgment, but if you’re here with someone you shouldn’t be with, now’s a good time to use the restroom or visit the merch table, or get a drink.” (At this point, the gentleman in the seat next to me excused himself to go to the restroom, while my friend and I eyed his date suspiciously.)
Garth returned to the stage, this time performing ultimate hits with like “Friends In Low Places” and “The Dance,” before going to the audience, and taking requests.
Just Garth and his guitar, doing covers of James Taylor, George Strait, and his own album cuts, taking time to discuss them with audience members. One little girl’s sign noted she was eight years old and had been to five Garth Brooks concerts. “Your mama’s raising you right!” he announced. He later asked one lady, who identified herself as eight and a half months pregnant if she was having a “Garth” or a Brook(e).” He noted that “The Change” was more of a keyboard song than a guitar song, but that he’d try it anyway (he slayed), and shared that the most requested song from when he turned it over to audience requests was consistently “Mom.”
He brought Trisha out on stage again for “Walkaway Joe,” accompanied this time by just Garth and his guitar.
Noting that the July 29th show was the original of the four shows this tour brought to the Forum, he included with the inspirational “Standing Outside the Fire,” and perennial Bob Seger and Don McLean covers.
- Baby Let’s Lay Down and Dance
- Two of a Kind
- The Beaches of Cheyenne
- The River
- Two Pina Coladas
- Papa Loved Mama
- Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)
- Unanswered Prayers
- If Tomorrow Never Comes
- That Summer
- Ask Me How I Know
- The Thunder Rolls
- In Another’s Eyes
- XXXs and OOOs
- How Do I Live
- Wrong Side of Memphis
- She’s In Love with the Boy
- Callin’ Baton Route
- Friends In Low Places
- The Dance
- Fit for a King
- Lonesome Dove
- Sweet Baby James (James Taylor cover)
- That Girl Is a Cowboy
- Amarillo By Morning (George Strait cover)
- The Change
- Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)
- Walkaway Joe
- Standing Outside the Fire
- Turn the Page (Bob Seger cover)
- American Pie (Don McLean cover)