It’s been 27 years since Garth Brooks released his first album, but to his fans, it still feels like yesterday. So it’s no surprise that when Garth announces a free show in Los Angeles, over 2,000 people show up for the promise of only two songs, even in a city where the entertainment options are endless.
Fans started lining up around noon for the 6 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel Live Garth Brooks Block Party, with cowboy boots, hats and belt buckles dotting Hollywood Boulevard.
The CMA Entertainer of the Year kicked off his set with fan favorite “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and segued into “Rodeo,” both airing last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, along with a hilarious segment where the late night host and country legend write a song together.
Much like Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, Kimmel and Brooks have an undeniable comedic chemistry. This was made evident when Kimmel joined Brooks on stage to film a short video for Brooks’ social media.
“I’ve never been on the internet with you before,” Kimmel said.
“You look good — you look thinner!” Garth declared with a smile.
“I’m glad we have clothes on- let’s just say that,” Kimmel retorts.
Entertainers on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Stage are only obligated to play two songs, but Brooks didn’t stop there, continuing on to play “The River,” “Two Pina Coladas,” “The Thunder Rolls,” “That Summer,” “Friends in Low Places,” and “The Dance.”
At times, Brooks jumped off stage and stepped onto the barricade, holding hands and singing to audience members. Other times, he ran from one side of the huge outdoor stage to the other, in typical high-energy fashion. Throughout the show, though, there was one thing that was consistent: the smile on his face. It may be a job, but nearly thirty years later, it’s still his dream.
Brooks’ new album, Gunslinger, is set for release on Friday, Nov. 25.