Since Garth Brooks finished his record tour last December, his fans have been waiting for his next big thing. On Wednesday, Brooks announced that it will be large: a three-year tour and 30 stops at the stadium that will begin in the spring.
"I wanted to call it the Big-Ass Stadium Tour, but they turned me down," said Brooks, 56, at a press conference held at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame. "So we'll just call it the stadium tour for now."
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The announcement comes just three days before the Brooks show ran out on Notre Dame on Saturday, the first live concert at the legendary university stadium. CBS-TV will be there to film that concert for a broadcast on December 2, even more breaking news from Garth on Wednesday, and because of that, Brooks said, the Notre Dame event will definitely not be a plan for what's to come. .
"Everything you know about Notre Dame had a big impact about three weeks ago when we found out that CBS was interested in filming," said the CMA animator of the year. "We never filmed anything until the end, so Notre Dame will be the beginning and the end for us … We'll go back to the drawing board, we'll modify the stage, so Notre Dame will really be unique … because the last thing I like is to see something on television and then go and see exactly the same. "
However, do not worry: "Garth Brooks will not go to his place and he will not play" The Thunder Rolls "or he will not play & # 39; Friends in Low Places & # 39; or & # 39; Calling Baton Rouge & # 39; "he told PEOPLE. "I'm lucky to be able to play them, but at the same time, we try to do the [concerts] different."
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That means changes in the effects of the stage, the atmosphere of the concert and the alignment of the band. Due to the location of the stadium, Brooks also hopes to turn each concert into a "game day".
"So, will you see the tattoos on your face? You bet," he said. "We will encourage people to come with the colors of the school or the team … I can not think of how to make music more fun than adding sports … You can take ideas as much as you want, right? You can be totally stupid, should there be a half-time on the show? It's wide open, it will be fun to imagine and try things. "
According to the college theme, Brooks said the stadium's concerts will also include a segment called "Music 101," classic songs that younger generations "should never forget."
"And of course, they will be things that they will never forget anyway," he said, "but it will be fun to be able to play other people's music … I know how much influence they had on our music and they still are."
One thing concertgoers will probably not see: Brooks' wife, Trisha Yearwood, who shared the bill during her tour of the arena. Although he can make some surprise appearances, he is directing his attention to solo tours, an adventure that Brooks tries to fully support with his presence.
"The only comment that we continue to receive on the return tour is that we wish Trisha had played longer," Brooks said. "For him to come out and play three or four songs and leave, I think his love for music is deeper than that. So she probably has her own tour that she will announce. And we will not be separated. She will be there, and I will be there when she is on tour because that is our goal. It's to spend as few nights as we can apart. "
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The 30 concerts will take place at the places of the university and on the sites of professional sports teams. The first five dates will go on sale before Christmas, starting at the Dome at America's Center in St. Louis in the spring. The second location will be the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, outside of Phoenix. The other three places are still in contract negotiations.
Brooks will return to the cities that were on his journey in the arena, but intends to put at least four years between the dates of the two tours in each specific location. The announcements of later dates will be staggered, as Brooks did for his tour of the arena, but hinted that he has already set his sights on Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts; AT & T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas; and Nissan Stadium, the home of the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.
"I can not imagine not coming home," he said about the possibility of an appointment in Nashville. "Speaking of good places to play, the cities of the industry are never on that list of the best places to play, unless it's crazy in Nashville."