“Garth Brooks in concert does not disappoint. Period. End of story”. That was how my friend, Lesley, opened her series of text messages telling me about the Friday night concert in Knoxville. This was the second night of four in a row that Garth and Trisha were doing at Thompson Bolling Arena in Knoxville. The rest of this article is in Lesley’s own words. And, thanks to her cell phone, we’ve got pictures. Not bad, considering this venue does not allow large cameras with zoom lenses. Thanks to Lesley, any of us who did not see Garth in Knoxville now know what we missed.
by Lesley Hughes
Our seats were great, but they were also bad. Positioned directly behind the stage we thought it would doom the concert, but Garth performed just as hard for us as he did the front row. Granted, he spent maybe 20 percent of the time on the back side, but at least the big screen gives you a pretty decent view.
One of the main reasons that Garth doesn’t leave fans wanting is, in his own words, he likes to play the favorites. Concerts are for the old stuff, not the new releases, he told the audience. I think he may have played two songs from the new album – the title track, “Man Against Machine” and “All-American Kid”. The oldies but goodies were the best of Garth. And, if you’re a fan you don’t need me to list them for you. He involved the crowd before, during and after each song. There wasn’t a moment to take a breath and relax. As a fan, I walked away pleasantly exhausted and feeling sympathy pains for him and the band for all the performing, running and dancing the did.
Opening the show was one of Garth’s singers, Karyn Rochelle. She’s a singer/songwriter and has written several popular songs including collaborating with Kelly Pickler on “Red High Heels”.
Trisha Yearwood appeared for a few songs. I would have been happy with more of a presence from her, but it’s easy to remember why her husband is the star of the show. It takes 2.5 hours just for him to sing all the major favorites from his 25 year career.
Even 24 hours later, I’m exhausted for him. I have no idea how he will handle two more nights in Knoxville, but I promise no one will walk away disappointed. Even if he would only give 10 percent of the show he gave on Friday – fans would be happy.
Thank you, Lesley, for sharing the article and photos with me and my readers. Here are more photos from the Friday night show.
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