Garth Brooks returns to Kentucky as part of his first world tour in 16 years
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- 80,000 people are expected to attend four Garth Brooks shows in Lexington at Rupp Arena this weekend.
After taking time off to raise his daughters, Garth Brooks is on the road performing for fans again. The last time he was in Lexington was during his 1998 world tour and he says he couldn't wait to get back.
“When people ask where the top five places to play in the world are, Rupp in that top five,” Brooks said.
This time around, Brooks is touring with his wife, Trisha Yearwood. So far the pair has set attendance records everywhere they've been.
“If you look at numbers from 96-98 world tour, they were impressive, very impressive. We're thinking if we could do half that we'll be lucky,” said Brooks.
Over the years, luck has been on his side. During his 1996 to 1998 tour Brooks sold 5.3 million tickets in 100 cities and performed 350 shows.
“We feel kind of a little, we feel very lucky but you're also stunned, because you don't know what it means. But as long as people keep showing up is Very flattering thing,” he explained.
He hopes fans realize how grateful he is. “It's cool because now when you're playing all you want is to look out and try and see everybody just for a minute and go ‘thank you'.”
He says he feels a little selfish getting to sing at concerts across the United States.
“The fact that they showed up kills me and slays me but I'm playing music because this is what I was born to do,” Brooks said.
But one thing he's not selfish with is his time. At every tour stop there will be a ‘Teammates Pro-camp', Where under privileged children get to learn and play with the biggest names in sports.
Garth brooks plans to revisit the North American cities from his ‘98 tour over the next three years.
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