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Garth Brooks – Sprint Center – 5/6/17

He has been labeled AMA and ACM artist of the decade and RIAA artist of the century.

RIAA certified him the top selling solo artist in U.S. history. In 2015 he sold more tickets than any other artist worldwide. 

His name is Garth Brooks, and he just played seven sold-out shows in Kansas City.

In 2007, Garth sold out nine shows at the Sprint Center, and ten years later he made his return to sell out seven more.

Appearances

On Saturday May 6 Garth put on a mind-blowing performance that included appearances by Mitch Rossell, who wrote Garth’s new single “Ask Me How I Know,” Karen Rochelle, who wrote Trisha Yearwood’s “Georgia Rain” and a few players from the Kansas City Royals, who shot confetti and t-shirts into the crowd, which was appropriate because Garth made parts of his show seem like a ball game. He had a contest going between the left and right side of the arena seeing who could be louder and a crowd wave that went completely around the arena. And of course Trisha Yearwood was there to sing some of her most popular hits including her duet with Garth called “In Another’s Eyes.”

Humor 

During the show, Garth piled on the humor with a line he used all night, “People, people, people.” Anytime he needed the crowd to calm down, ‘People, people, people.’ And if you saw this show you probably noticed that throughout night his cowboy hat was on sideways, which may have been part of the humor, or maybe it was just the result of his exhaustion. But by the end of the night, his hat was cocked, his shirt was untucked, and after the last song, he actually undid his belt before leaving the stage. That’s when you know he’s given it his all.

Performance

With more than twenty number ones in his career, Garth didn’t run out of songs to sing that night. He performed hit after hit for three hours singing everything from his very first number one hit, “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” to his latest single, “Ask Me How I Know.” When Garth got around to singing “The Thunder Rolls,” it was a big production. Thunder cracked and lightening struck on the screen, which made for a very intense scene that the crowd couldn’t get enough of. “Unanswered Prayers” brought the room to a stop and the lyrics were heard loud and clear. And before the night was over, Garth made sure to sing some of his favorite James Taylor songs.

Three hours of watching Garth Brooks flew by and around 11:30 that night, he ended
the show with Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” as fans began to pile out of the venue, fully satisfied with Garth and his whole team.

If you got to attend one of Garth’s seven shows, what did you think?

 — Catryna Craw  

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