Garth Brooks revealed the second of seven Dive Bar Tour stops on Monday (June 30) during his weekly Inside Studio G broadcast. The follow-up to Brooks' July 15 set at a Chicago bar will take place on Thurs., Aug. 15 at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.
The venue holds a special place in Brooks' heart beyond its ties to a historic country music hotbed. In May of 2005, Brooks appeared there as part of the unveiling of 10 bronze statues of country music greats. Fans on hand for a first look at statues of Brooks, Owens, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Strait, George Jones, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Bob Wills and Johnny Cash also witnessed a special surprise: Brooks' marriage proposal to fellow star Trisha Yearwood.
Per Bakersfield.com, Brooks took the stage with Yearwood after his statue was unfurled. As Yearwood and Brooks went to look at the statue of Wills, Brooks dropped down on one knee to the surprise of his future wife and the estimated 7,000 fans in attendance.
Sure, the Crystal Palace is more of a fancy steakhouse than a hole-in-the-wall dive, but it's still a relatively intimate place to see a celebrity the caliber of Brooks. At most, ticket holders will sing "Rodeo" with a few thousand others in a relatively intimate setting, as opposed to sharing the experience with tens of thousands in a football stadium.
Future dates and clubs will be chosen by tour sponsor Seagram's 7 and announced by local country radio stations.
The tour promotes Brooks' new single "Dive Bar," a duet with fellow Oklahoma native Blake Shelton. The tour and single come at a time when Brooks' three-year string of stadium shows has set attendance records in such major markets as Denver, St. Louis and Minneapolis.