Garth Brooks Explains Reason For Moving His Concerts From Stadiums To Bars
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Garth Brooks recently canceled the remainder of his stadium shows, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be performing at all this year!
In a recent episode of his Facebook show “Inside Studio G,” Brooks detailed his decision to cancel the final five dates of his stadium tour and plans to perform a Dive Bar Tour at smaller venues across the country.
“The dive bars are vaccinated, that’s how you get to do it,” Brooks explained. “So, the great thing about this is, [the fans are] vaccinated or they have to show a 3-day negative in-advance test.”
Tickets for an October 11 Dive Bar Tour stop in Oklahoma City will be given away to listeners of the city’s Jake FM radio station. The contest’s official rules state that winners will be required to present proof of full COVID vaccination at least 14 days prior to the concert date, or the results of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the show.
During his Facebook Live show, Brooks confirmed that stadium concerts “are officially out” for him for the rest of the year, but tour dates are in the works for 2022. When asked by fans why he isn’t mandating vaccinations at stadium shows so that he can resume those dates for 2021, the singer responded, “I know people are saying they’re doing this at the NFL games. Great for them. I just can’t imagine how you put all that together.”
Brooks’ wife, Trisha Yearwood, battled COVID-19 earlier this year. In an interview with PEOPLE, the “Walkaway Joe” singer said that her case was mild and that she had to push to keep Garth away during her sickness.
“I had what was considered a mild case,” Yearwood said. “We were lucky that COVID didn’t go into our lungs.”
Of her husband she said, “He would not stay away from me. I’m like, ‘Dude, I cannot be responsible for giving Garth Brooks COVID. You have to go quarantine on the other side of the house.'”
“He would not do it. He was really worried about me,” she adds. “But he never got sick and he was vaccinated. He took really good care of me, but he drove me crazy.”