Following the cancellation of his Stadium Tour, Garth Brooks announced that he'll focus on touring small venues. Stops on the upcoming Dive Bar tour will require attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As of Sept. 14, one date in Oklahoma City has been announced for Oct. 11.
Tickets for the Oct. 11 dive bar show will only be available through call-in contests via radio station JakeFM 93.3. Expect more dates in other locations to be confirmed throughout the remainder of 2021.
During a recent episode of his Facebook series Inside Studio G, Brooks explained his decision.
"This fall, dive bars," he said. "Because you can fully vaccinate dive bars. People have got to have their card to even get in. The only way to get in through dive bars [is] country radio, your local country station."
The "Friends in Low Places" singer added that he and everyone else on his crew is vaccinated.
"I'm vaccinated, 100% vaccinated. Everybody on the freakin' tour, vaccinated," Brooks said. "I cannot make you get vaccinated. Until it becomes a law, it is a choice. And people, when things are a choice, you have to understand and respect that we're all going to make our own choices."
Previous Dive Bar tour stops took place at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, Calif., Joe's on Weed Street in Chicago and Gruene Hall in Texas.
Brooks also explained his decision to cancel the remaining dates on his Stadium Tour.
"It boils down to one thing: it was the right decision to make, even though it was not my favorite decision," Brooks said.
During his Sept. 13 edition of Inside Studio G, Brooks confirmed that though he hasn't made the final call just yet, it's unlikely that he'll perform another stadium gig in 2021.