Inside the Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Show in Salt Lake City, Utah

Six hours before he played his first two shows at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Garth Brooks He told a group of reporters that it would be the same show he had just given at the venue 11 months ago. Same youth, same songs, same fun.

What a total understatement.

Yes, technically, Brooks was not wrong. He had the same backing band with him on Saturday night – skilled musicians who have been by his side since the late ’80s and early ’90s. He did all his songs himself, energizing the audience with “Two Pina Coladas” and “Friends in Low Places”, and slowing things down with “The River” and “The Dance”.

He was undoubtedly just as much fun. Even after three decades of touring, Brooks is smiling and rushing across the stage as if it was his first time playing in front of a massive crowd of fans. He doesn’t take any moment for granted.

Same youth, same songs, same fun.

But herein lies the magic of Brooks: It was an entirely different show.

And the biggest reason for that is simple: Brooks responds to his fans.

When a man in the crowd held up a sign that said, “I’ve worked 70 hours this week to hear a Cowboy song,” Brooks couldn’t ignore it. If it wasn’t on his playlist at the start of the show, it was now.

When the stadium became untamed after “Two Pina Coladas”, the country star cast a crazy look in his eyes while his energy rose slightly.

Like throwing gasoline on a fire! He screamed, his arms wide open.

Every cheer, every cry, every round of applause seemed to run through his veins. When he noticed that a fan had been holding a banner asking for “In Lonesome Dove” for a while, Brooks gave his band a short break and played an excerpt from the song. It’s typical for him to take fan requests, but he usually saves them at the end of his show, in a clip he calls “Housekeeping.” This was still somewhat early.

“I feel like there are no rules tonight!” Hoot.

Stadium tours are generally such well-oiled machines that performers don’t change things up very often. But Brooks loves perversion, and no show is the same.

Before his Salt Lake performances, the 60-year-old singer said that rather than becoming “old hat,” these playing moments for audiences became “more valuable” as he got older.

It is easy to see that he means it.

He delivered blow after blow. He played every part of the court, waving and kissing and making hearts with his hands all the time. Sometimes, he would step back and let his audience sing along. When he reached Unanswered Prayer, he raised his guitar towards the sky and let the voices of his fans rain down on him.

Although it was a cooler night than the one he played 11 months ago, Brooks worked enough crazy to sweat through his black “Just LeDoux It” T-shirt – a tribute to his friend and fellow country singer Chris LeDoux, who had a strong following in the state Utah.

And he hadn’t made it to Trisha Yearwood yet.

Brooks talks about his wife, whom he lovingly calls “the Queen,” with the same passion he brings to the performance. The moment Yearwood hits the stage, delivering her powerful vocals to the hit song “Shallow” from the 2018 movie “A Star is Born,” you can sense Brooks’ awe. And he wasn’t the only one.

At that moment, it seemed that the concert – which already included more than 20 songs – somehow reached a higher level of energy. Yearwood wasn’t with Brooks for his performance in Utah last year, and crowds erupted at the sight of the country star, resplendent in shiny pink shoes and a matching pink jacket.

“Everyone treats her like a queen and it’s like, ‘Who’s the guy with her?'” “Brooks He told reporters earlier With a bright smile. “I always feel good until you show up in the room, and then I am one man plus. But I can tell you that there is no other human on this planet that I would rather be next to.”

That chemistry was evident as the pair sang together and held hands on stage. When Yearwood continued to sing two of her biggest hits, “She’s in Love with a Boy” and “Walkaway Joe,” Brooks quietly accompanied her on guitar and nodded in astonishment as he listened to his wife’s voice.

Yearwood seemed surprised by her audience.

“This is the place!” announced, perhaps in reference to Brigham Young famous ad When pioneers first arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Brooks, who was vocal about his love for Utah, later repeated this statement.

This would have been too loud a note to end on. Everyone in attendance will feel they got their money’s worth.

But Brooks resident not done.

Once Yearwood walked off the stage, Brooks transformed a stadium filled with more than 50,000 people into a kind of karaoke night. The Sans managed to make the stadium feel like a living room as they sang everything from “Piano Man” by Billy Joel to “Amarillo By Morning” by George Street to “American Pie” by Don McLean.

In total, he performed for two and a half hours in a row. It was his third show at Rice-Eccles Stadium in less than a year, and he made an effort to make each show special.

It was a real sign of going above and beyond for his fans, because let’s be honest: All three shows could have been exactly the same, and the soul wouldn’t complain.