Ignite Music Magazine had the great pleasure to visit with Garth Brooks before showtime on Friday at a press conference held at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena where he declared that because of technology “music is having to fight for its life” and he was waging war. He promised that each and every show at the Veteran’s Memorial Arena would be a unique experience.
The stage was set to be a night that many fans of Garth Brooks and his lovely wife Trisha Yearwood will never forget. Friday nights first show for Garth in some 17 years start out with a press conference at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. He came out to meet the press in a black overall jump suit, and quickly explained explained that we will get the idea of why he was wearing what he was wearing.
Excited fans filtered into the arena on Friday night and to get the crowd primed and ready, The tours vocalist and guitar player, Kayrn Rochelle, perform a few songs for the crowd. She has co-written several well known songs including Kellie Pickler’s “Red High Heels”, just to name one.
The crowd exploded with cheers as Garth Brooks flew onto the stage and kept up an amazing high energy show for nearly two hours singing hit after hit such as “Two Pina Coladas”, “Ain’t Going Down”, and “The Thunder Rolls”.
Trisha Yearwood joined her husband on stage for their duet “In Another’s Eyes” and then Garth gave her the stage to entertain the audience with a few hits including “She’s in Love with the Boy” and “XXXs and OOOs”
Garth lit the stage and the audience on fire with “Friends in Low Places” while joking that it’s the only song they truly let him play his guitar on. The Mega Fans of Garth’s seemed to hold its breath during “The Dance” which was one of the highlights of the night.
What a great show after an 17 year hiatus from Jacksonville Florida. Garth gave a awesome performance and played like he did 25 years ago. Super, super job and with wife, Trisha Yearwood in tow, was a special treat for all county fans alike. Would highly recommend anyone who enjoys real country music to go check this out. Played all of his old hits with just a few new ones. Perfect night.