Garth Brooks arrives in New England

NEWS CENTER Maine spoke to country music superstar Garth Brooks about his upcoming tour and his love for New England.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Country music star Garth Brooks is preparing to kick off his stadium tour, which includes a stop in New England.

Unfortunately, he won’t be coming to Maine, but he will be performing in May at Gillette Stadium. This is the first time he will perform there.

“The Krafts were kind enough to find a weekend and said, ‘Can you play this weekend? And we said, “You bet your butts we can, no matter what.” And we got it,” Brooks said.

Brooks said this will be his last series of stadium shows.

“It’s too hard on the group and the team,” Brooks said. “Damn, I’m the last there and the first out, so it’s pure joy for me. But these people are working hard.”

Viewers sent the NEWS CENTER Maine some questions for the country music legend, and here are some of the answers he gave:

Q: What is your favorite thing about being on tour?

Garth: Oh, it’s with the family. So if you ask firefighters, what’s the best part of being a firefighter, or baseball players, it’s the locker room. It’s that moment together.

So try to remember the seven guys who started this in the late 80s. There’s five of us who are still out there on the road, on stage together, and then all the guys from the original team are there. So it’s a family.

In this pandemic, try to realize also that I must not see them. So when you drive around the stadium and you see these guys, see how their kids are doing, you hug them. It kicks it all off, and it’s only going to get mellow as the show approaches.

When it comes time for the show, here are all those friends who fed you when you couldn’t afford to eat and housed you when you couldn’t afford to stay. And you see them in the crowd, and you love them. And it just keeps getting better every second.

Q: What was your favorite collaboration?

Garth: Well, everything about Trisha Yearwood is pretty amazing because she’s such a singer. I’m not saying that because, like, I’m sleeping with her. I say that because she is the greatest singer there is.

So she pushes you to be the best you can be, and she’ll take you places you didn’t know you could go, and then you think, oh, I can’t go alone without her. Then when you start doing your own solo gig, you see what you’ve learned with his feedback. So she’s my favourite.

You have to try to remember that I was lucky enough to be able to do things with Chris Ledoux, George Jones, who is my hero, George Strait. They are big people.

Q: Will Trisha be joining you on stage?

Guard: We were married before we married each other, and so we wonder, why are we married to be apart? So we go everywhere together. We do everything together. Her concerts, I’ll go with her. Trisha tells me if she’s showing up on stage or not, it’s like a last minute call from her or whatever. It’s how she feels, how the crowds go, and all that.

I’ll tell you this, and if it sounds selfish, please forgive me: if you and I are honored to have her come out on stage, it’ll be a night you’ll never forget because you’re going, holy cow, it’s live? I think it’s even better than her records when she comes out and sings live. We are all lucky if we hear this.

Q: When will you be stopping in Maine again?

Garth: I couldn’t tell you. Not soon enough. We played in Portland. We played in Bangor. What I love is that I don’t know how Oklahoma got so far northeast, but those are all the people I grew up with. Just hard workers paying their taxes and taking their kids to soccer practice. When you talk about the heart and soul of what I think this country stands for, it’s there, and I’m very comfortable among those kinds of people.

Next month the tour kicks off in Las Vegas and concludes this fall in Dublin, Ireland. Brooks calls it his “trip to the emerald city.” Tickets went on sale Friday.

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