Garth Brooks is returning to Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on April 16, hoping to make up for a 2021 show that was dramatically canceled at the last minute.
At the end of July last year, a sold out crowd of some 70,000 fans were already in their seats, and stars of the Grand Ole Opry had taken the stage as Brooks’ opening act. Chris Young had kicked the night off while Emmylou Harris and Brooks wife, Trisha Yearwood, were finishing up a song, when suddenly the stadium’s lights turned on and an announcement rang out. All fans were ordered to leave the stadium and get to shelter, as dangerous weather was approaching.
Sounds Like Nashville was there, and although everyone could see the far-off thunderstorm approaching, the night was still calm near the stage. Many grumbled and pledged to stay in their seats, proclaiming “a little rain never hurt anyone.” But by the time the storm hit, they had changed their tune.
Thousands huddled into the stadium’s covered concourses as rain fell in massive sheets. Lightning crashed over and over and high winds whipped water and debris everywhere. A huge metal gate was dislodged and flung open with a powerful bang near a main entrance, thankfully missing the fans nearby, and soon it began to look like the show might just be canceled. After 90 minutes with his fans packed together like sardines, Brooks did indeed decide to send everyone home — but only because another storm was on the way, which was even worse than the first.
The show was never rescheduled and refunds were given out, and shortly after that Brooks canceled the rest of his tour, citing rising COVID-19 numbers. Well, now Nashville area fans will have another shot at seeing the country icon live.
Brooks will return to Nissan Stadium on April 16, and says its not a question of him wanting to come back … he needs to.
“Nashville, we’re coming home…AGAIN!” he wrote on Twitter. “You were sweet to each other when the Thunder Rolled last time. I not only want to come back, I have to come back! Not for you, but for me! Let’s make this a night so great we want to live it twice!
On top of the new Nashville date, Brooks has also announced new stadium shows at Notre Dame, and the Boston area’s Gillette Stadium.