Garth returns after 17 years


Ashley Spencer

Garth performs live on Jan. 17 at the BOK in Tulsa.

For the first time in seventeen years, Garth Brooks visited Tulsa during “The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood.”

He played seven shows in nine days at Tulsa’s BOK Center downtown, a venue which holds 19,199 people.

“Garth was just so energetic and happy to see all of his fans; his love for his fans showed amazingly,” senior Cheyenne Burch said.

Originally, the first three shows were scheduled for January 9, 10, and 11 at 7pm; however, when those sold out in 45 minutes, Brooks added another show on the 10th for 10:30.

Because of the continuing vast desire for tickets, he added another three shows-one each at 7pm on January 15, 16, and 17.

Brooks made sure that every ticket, no matter where the seat was located, only cost $70.

Karyn Rochelle, a singer/songwriter and longtime friend of Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood, opened his show with four of the many songs she co-wrote with other famous artists like Kellie Pickler.

After a short intermission to ready the stage for Brooks, the lights dimmed and the palpable excitement in the crowd grew.

An electronic crackling noise came from the speakers and a countdown began on the cube in the middle of the stage, followed by a female robot voice saying, “The machines have taken over,”- a reference to his most recent album, Man Against Machine.

“Even though he was losing his voice by the time my show started, Garth was still amazing,” newspaper teacher Ashley Spencer said.

Brooks appeared in a cloud of fog in front of the cube, launching into his first song of the night, “Man Against Machine.”

With the crowd roaring, he played his characteristic guitar and sang several of his older, popular songs, despite a hoarse voice that came and went throughout the night.

After singing two of the songs from his newest album, and numerous other songs that have been extremely popular throughout his career, Brooks gave several encores each night he performed. He will perform eighteen more shows before the end of his tour later this year.