During Monday's (July 13) episode of the web series Inside Studio G, Garth Brooks shared that he and his wife Trisha Yearwood tested negative for the coronavirus. This news comes after a team member's possible COVID-19 exposure caused a one-week postponement of a Facebook Live concert.
"We all tested," Brooks says. "Everybody tested negative, including the possible exposure, which ended up not being a possible exposure ... So we're back."
The concert, #GarthRequestLive2, took place on Tues., July 14 and featured an epic Bob Seger cover by Brooks.
Brooks and Yearwood have been proponents of livestream concerts since the coronavirus pandemic began, with noteworthy events including a late March Facebook concert, the April 1 CBS special Garth & Trisha Live!, a May 2 set at the Grand Ole Opry House and Brooks' late June drive-in concert which followed social distancing guidelines and aired at over 300 theaters in North America.
"We are excited because this is a reason to get out of the house, but at the same time you get to follow all the COVID rules from every individual state and you get to have fun and stay within the guidelines of social distancing ... we're calling it 'social distancing partying'," Brooks said of the drive-in event, which People called "the largest ever one-night show to play at outdoor theaters in the United States and Canada."
Brooks' long-awaited studio album Fun is complete, but he's in no rush to release it as long as we're all living through a pandemic.
"We've had this discussion. I don't want to be the guy that tries to do something in the midst where everybody is hurtin'," he explains in a press release. "It's like ... damn it. The album's ready to go. It's just how do you get out and promote and be happy and jolly while everybody's out there fighting for their lives ..."