Garth in Nashville: The Big Finale

music musings, beaverdamusa.comA few years ago, I got to see Van Halen in Atlanta on the opening night of the tour.  I loved it even though the show was a little rough around the edges.  The energy level was off the charts like the guys were anxious to get out and play.   

Right before Christmas I got to see the other end of the spectrum – the last show on a tour.  Garth Brooks closed out his massive World Tour in Nashville with seven shows at Bridgestone Arena.  How big is massive? Since September 2014, Garth performed 390 shows in 78 cities.  Over these shows, 6.4 million people paid to see him. For you non-accountants, that’s 82,000 people per city.  He played seven shows in Nashville to close out the tour.  The one I went to was the final show of the run.  While seven seems like a lot, he did nine shows for the Nashville flood relief in 2010.  The Nashville Predators even hung a banner to honor him for those shows. 

garth bannerI previously mused about seeing Garth in Memphis (Garth in Memphis), but this show was a little different.  Since Garth was only performing one show a day instead of two shows, there were opening acts. First out was one of his backup singers – Karyn Rochelle.  When I saw the show in Memphis, she got to sing during Trisha’s set.  She sang Georgia Rain which she wrote and Trisha recorded.  Karyn has some pipes and is a great songwriter.  Next up was Chris Janson.  This made the trip downtown worth it.   He was a one-man band and very down to earth.  I became a fan of his that night based on his song “Drunk Girl”.  He introduced the song by telling how he has a daughter and hopes that she would meet a guy like the one he describes in the song.  Do yourself a favor and give it a listen.  

IMG_0094Rather than try and weave my thoughts and observations into sentences and paragraphs, I will just give you bullet points:

  • Garth played a little over 2.5 hours.  The only “intermission” he had was when Trisha came out and did her set.
  • He wore a classic Jack Daniel’s t-shirt under his long-sleeved shirt the entire night.  Don’t know if he is a fan or just showing some Tennessee pride.
  • While introducing the back-up singers, he noted that Robert Bailey was in the band that played Shout in the movie Animal House.  He took the opportunity to play Shout and let Robert have a go with vocals.
  • Trisha came out and did a few songs.  After a while Garth came out and it was interesting to see the way he looked at her.  He was doing some fine acting or he is seriously in love with her.
  • Garth indicated the Nashville run of shows were being recorded for a live album.
  • During Trisha’s She’s In Love with the Boy, the camera operators did the “Kiss Cam” where they would zoom in on couples who would then kiss for the crowd.  Trisha did give a warning that if “you were there with someone you weren’t supposed to be, it might be a good time to go to the bathroom or concession stand”.

IMG_0096In closing, it was a great show and I can honestly say that there wasn’t a fall off from the show I saw in February to the last one as far as his energy or the music.  I must say that over the last couple of years, I have become a Garth fan.  You should too.

Proud to be a part of the largest tour by a musician ever – 


Set List:

  • Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance
  • Rodeo
  • Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House
  • The River
  • Two Piña Coladas
  • Papa Loved Mama
  • Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)
  • Unanswered Prayers
  • If Tomorrow Never Comes
  • That Summer
  • Thunder Rolls – including the “lost verse” which they took off radio.
  • In Another’s Eyes – duet with Trisha

Trisha’s Set

  • XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)
  • How Do I Live
  • Wrong Side of Memphis
  • She’s in Love With the Boy

Garth returns

  • Shameless
  • Shout – with Robert Bailey
  • Callin’ Baton Rouge
  • Friends in Low Places
  • Dance – Garth, as well as everyone else got choked up during this song.  Damn dust. 

IMG_0097Encore – G said he would do songs he wanted to as well as what the crowd wanted

  • She’s Every Woman
  • Don’t Close Your Eyes – Keith Whitley cover
  • She’s Gonna Make It – deep cut off Sevens
  • Wild Horses
  • Turn the Page -  Bob Seger cover
  • Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old
  • Fishing in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band cover – lyrics on screen.  Indicated it would be on album
  • Walk Away Joe – Trisha (requested by Garth) 
  • Where Your Road Leads – Trisha 
  • Song Remembers When – Trisha
  • Bus to St. Cloud – Trisha
  • Standing Outside the Fire – full band with Trisha singing with backup singers
About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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