On September 4, 2014, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood kicked off their highly-anticipated World Tour in Rosemont, Ill. It marked the first night that Brooks had stepped onstage since retiring from touring thirteen years earlier to spend more time with his family. For those in attendance, it was a night they would never forget.
During the opening night performance, Brooks took a moment to let his wife take the spotlight. “Would you play a song for me?” He asked Yearwood with a smile. “Just for me, not for these guys,” he said, gesturing to the audience. “Would you do ‘Walkaway Joe’ for me?”
Moments later, Yearwood slid into the first lines of her 1992 hit song, which featured backing vocals from the Eagles‘ Don Henley. Brooks was visually moved by her soft but powerful vocals as he backed her with his acoustic guitar. As they exchanged smiles, the crowd responded with waves of cheers and screams at the incredible rendition.
Not many performers can still manage to shine while performing beside Garth Brooks, but that’s part of the beauty of their relationship. After years of performing, working and living together, their dynamic is one of the most beautiful and engaging to watch onstage.
Click below to watch Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks’ stunning performance of “Walkaway Joe.”