The man has done it all and then some. Here are our 10 favorite Garth Brooks moments.
Garth Brooks is a man who has achieved nearly every musical accolade in existence and has been officially certified as the top-selling solo artist of the 20th century. Not impressed? He has had 25 singles reach No. 1 on the country music charts, and he happens to be one of the most philanthropic musicians of our time. What follows are 10 Garth Brooks moments that paint a portrait of an all-time great country singer.
10. Induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame
In October 2012, Garth Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with Hargus “Pig” Robbins and Connie Smith. Garth’s night was highlighted by performances from three of his biggest heroes, George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger. After Garth’s emotional acceptance speech, his wife Trisha Yearwood joined Garth on stage to sing backup for his songs while his three daughters watched from the audience. A grand welcome to the Country Music Hall of Fame for a man whose illustrious career merited every ounce of the grandeur.
9. Garth’s CBS special Live From Las Vegas
After completing a successful four-year stint at the Wynn Las Vegas, Garth’s final show was broadcast on CBS as his Live From Las Vegas special. There might not be a better way to commemorate 180 sold-out shows than to bring in nine million viewers to celebrate with you.
8. Jay Leno’s send-off
Jay Leno wasn’t going to end a 22-year run as the host of The Tonight Show without giving his audience a memorable farewell. So he invited Garth Brooks to come and perform for his send off. Brooks performed “The Dance” at Jay’s request during the show. Then, after Jay’s closing monologue, Brooks performed “Friends in Low Places” to end the festivities. The performance proved a fitting end to the legendary anchor’s tenure.
7. Garth comes through for California
In 2008, the Governor of California requested Brooks’ help, and Brooks acquiesced. The superstar scheduled five shows in two days to benefit California firefighters and wildfire victims. Every show sold out, and Brooks ultimately donated proceeds from 83,000 tickets to the cause. Good guy Brooks, at it again.
6. Another broken record
The same day as his Live From Las Vegas special, Brooks debuted his new boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots. The release debuted at No. 1 on the country charts for the thirteenth time in his career, giving him the most number one country debuts of all time. With Blame It All On My Roots, Brooks also rose to the top on the Billboard 200 chart for the ninth time, which is only nine more times than my boxed set.
5. Garth Ends Retirement For A World Tour
In 2014, Garth announced that he was coming out of retirement with Man Against Machine and a world tour of profound proportions. The Garth Brooks World Tour is global in scope and has already broken attendance records that Brooks set himself on his previous tour. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Brooks perform live, which is rumored to be an epic experience, then chances are you will have a shot in 2015. That means it’s high time to start filling your piggy banks. Or you could help me fill mine. The choice is yours.
4. Garth Packs Central Park
In August 1997, Garth partnered with HBO for a one-off special event that became Garth Live From Central Park, and boy was it special. The concert drew an estimated one million fans, which is the largest crowd to ever attend a show at Central Park. An additional 14.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the event on HBO, making it the highest rated original program of that year. As a testament to how good the show was, Garth Live From Central Park was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards, one of which was a nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
3. Garth becomes ABC’s Person of the Week
ABC’s World News Tonight named Brooks their Person of the Week in December 2010 for his contributions to flood relief efforts in during the catastrophic floods in Tennessee. Brooks earned it by performing nine sold-out shows in a span of six days. Not only did Garth bring out 145,000 people to his shows, he also spurred a record amount of business for Nashville merchants, which the Mayor of Nashville acknowledged himself.
2. Garth Plays For The President
Back In 2008, Barack Obama personally requested Garth Brooks to headline the inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Brooks, never one to say no when duty calls, graciously accepted and played “Shout” for 300,000 enthusiastic fans while the President-elect jammed as hard as a President-elect is permitted to.