When Garth Brooks does something, he does it big, so it was no surprise that he pulled out all of the stops during an event celebrating the fact that he’s the only artist in history to have seven albums certified Diamond.
For those unfamiliar with Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certifications, Diamond status means that the album has been sold more than 10 million copies in the United States alone… and Brooks has done this SEVEN times (one more than a little band called The Beatles)!
To celebrate this unrivaled accomplishment, Brooks partnered with Tennessee Tourism to put on a free show for fans at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater. But as much as fans were there to see Garth, they were also pleased with a star-studded show of surprise guests who made their way out onto the stage to sing some of Brooks’ biggest hits. The first guest to hit the stage was fellow Oklahoma native Reba McEntire.
“I watched you in the year of 1990, 1991, when you and I got to tour together,” the redhead recalled. “We all saw something very special, something different, something sweet, and we love you very much. Congratulations and I am very humbled and honored to be a part of this night for you. So they asked me which one of the Garth Brooks songs I want to sing and this is one of the first ones I remember. It’s a song… it reminds me of Oklahoma, from where both Garth and I are from, so it’s a little song called ‘Not Counting You.’”
Reba wasn’t the only surprise guest of the night. Fans were treated to songs from the Diamond-certified albums Garth Brooks, No Fences, Ropin’ The Wind, The Hits, Double-Live, Sevens and The Ultimate Hits with help from Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Young, Steve Wariner and Trisha Yearwood, who also indulged her husband with a performance of her hit “Walkaway Joe.”
After the surprises concluded, Brooks revealed (to no disappointment) that it was just him and the audience for the rest of the show. The legendary performer sang “The Dance,” “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” “Thunder Rolls,” “Unaswered Prayers,” and “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” before being rejoined by Yearwood, Clarkson, Wariner and Young to conclude with “Friends and Low Places.” The high-impact show ended in a way that only Garth could pull off… with a magical fireworks display that lit up the Nashville skyline.