Garth Brooks Wows the Crowd on Emotional Croke Park Night Out E! News UK
Garth Brooks broke down in tears as he took to the stage in Croke Park for the first of his historic five Irish gigs on Friday (09.09.22).
The country music superstar was overwhelmed with emotion after finishing his first two songs, on his long-awaited return to the country.
He told the crowd: “We came back. I just want to enjoy this moment. I love you. I don’t know what words could describe this, and the comeback since 1997, so I won’t try.
“I came here for one purpose and that was to raise hell. We’re going to play a lot of cowboy songs tonight, that’s exactly what we do. Dublin, that’s how it’s going to be all night.”
Garth performed to a crowd of 80,000 at the stadium show, with four more sold-out concerts to follow this month.
Garth will perform to a total of 400,000 people during the concert quintet.
He delighted fans with hits such as “Friends in Low Place”, “Rodeo”, “The Dance”, “Callin’ Baton Rouge”, “The Thunder Rolls” and “That Summer”.
He also played Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’, Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’, and his wife Trisha Yearwood joined him for a performance of ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star Is Born’.
Garth, 60, said: “There was a young lady singing here in Croke Park in 1997, her name was Trisha Yearwood. And she fell in love with Irish whiskey that night. I don’t know who it is. the most excited to be here, me or her.
“She has spells with an inner ear problem, it happens every five years or so, but she hopes she gets better for the shows otherwise we won’t see her this weekend. But she’s tough, c She’s an artist. So we’ll play it by ear.”
And fans were thrilled when Garth performed “If Tomorrow Never Comes” live and in full, for the first time in over 15 years.
He said: “Guess what ballad we haven’t played in 15/20 years… ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’. And that’s possibly Garth Brooks’ greatest song.
“And if we did, it was just a snippet with just the guitar. The last time we did a big band thing was this big ass called the Point, so you think about it.
“But at the same time, selfishly, it will be a joy to sing this song. It’s stood the test of time, and it’s stronger. And it’s traveled a long way, so it’s earned it.”
Garth will perform at Croke Park again on September 10, 11, 16 and 17, after huge demand saw the dates jump from two to five.
And Aiken Promotions boss Peter Aiken has revealed gigs are hugely important to Garth, having made history with his five-night residency.
He said, “He’s very aware of the magnitude of an event. It’s not just a gig; it’s a big event. Nobody’s ever sold five nights at Croke Park.”