It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but sitting here in my hotel room getting ready for my next Garth Brooks concert, the writer in me is compelled to share some thoughts.
Last night was my Sweet Sixteenth, Garth Brooks’ concert that it is, and it certainly wasn’t my last! (I’m actually going to tonight’s late show in Sioux Falls.) Over the years, I’ve traveled from Minneapolis to see shows in Kansas City, Vegas for two separate shows at the Wynn, Nashville, cashed in all my miles to go to a Croke Park Show in Dublin (but the show got cancelled), Milwaukee, Des Moines, Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, and now Sioux Falls. Why you ask? Well, for starters he puts his heart into every show, his music is the soundtrack of my life, and his shows offer the perfect mix of meaningful songs, rock-out melodies, party anthems, and rollicking moments.
But what I find so alluring about Garth is his connection with the fans. If you’re up at the top in the last row, or behind the stage, Garth makes an attempt to acknowledge and connect with EVERY fan. There’s no greater example of this than during “housekeeping”. It happens during the encore portion of the show. Fans bring signs requesting their favorites. Garth selects several of the songs to sing as part of his encore. Last night, I was lucky enough to have my sign selected. We brought this “We Shall Be Free” sign to the opening night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Our seats were behind the stage to the side. He saw our sign earlier in the show, and came back during the encore to sing the first verse right to our section. It was absolutely incredible!!! I will never forget it!
In addition to our sign, there was a woman with a sign that said “I’ve waited 95 years to see Garth Brooks.” He saw the sign, and not only did he acknowledge it, but he came down from the stage, and went right over to the lady for a photo with her and her family. How many performers do that??
In addition to last night’s experience, I have to say my personal favorite Garth-related moment was when I happened to be walking to the elevator in a Milwaukee hotel at the same time as Garth. The hotel’s security asked us to wait for the next elevator, but Garth made eye contact with me, and said, “Come on in”!!! It’s been nearly two years, and I still can’t believe I got to ride in an elevator with my musical hero. The best part? He was as kind and genuine in person as he is on TV. I was so shocked by the whole experience, and I didn’t want to be rude, (and let’s face it, I was pretty much speechless) so I don’t have a photo with Garth. If you know me, you know, he’s the person in the world I’d choose to meet over anyone else, but I hope maybe someday I get another chance…
Until then, I’ll keep traveling the world to see Garth. It’s the best concert ticket money can buy, and I always leave feeling like I’ve seen a completely different show than the last Garth show, because of his unique connection with the audience.
Now, it’s time to get ready for the show tonight!