Garth Brooks‘ comeback from retirement was epic. For a guy who once remarked that he wasn’t sure people would show up at his concerts this time around, he has to sit back and consider how absolutely extraordinary these past three years have been. And as it turns out, he has. In a recent interview with People, Garth reflected on his amazing tour, what it meant to him, and how life will be off stage.
“I’ll just cry”
At a press conference in Nashville before his last seven concert dates, Brooks couldn’t bring himself to speak about his feelings. “I can’t–I’ll just cry,” he said. Given that the star isn’t generally shy about showing his emotions, it’s clear just how emotional this ending was for him. As well it should be. His tour was record-breaking, with $6.4 million in ticket sales.
In fact, it was only supposed to last a year-and-a-half. But it was so immensely popular–and Brooks was having so much fun– they extended it to three. With almost 400 concert dates under the belts, they were finally coming to the end of a really long road. Everyone was feeling the weight of the moment.
“Everybody is kind of exhausted,” Trisha Yearwood agreed, “but there’s such a reverence for this tour. Even those of us who aren’t criers are crying because it’s emotional.”
“Wired and Tired”
If you’ve ever seen Brooks live, you know the energy that he injects into his performances. His concerts are also long, and he doesn’t skimp on playing the hits the audiences love, as well as their requests. So it’s no wonder that he describes himself as “wired and tired.” One can only imagine the adrenaline needed to produce those performances night after night–and how tiring it is when he comes down. Plus life on the road is just hard.
So will he miss it? Absolutely.
“What I’m gonna miss the most is the way of life you’ve become accustomed to,” he said. “This is the highest I’ve ever felt. There’s nothing like this tour. I’ve never felt anything like it on stage. … So you know anything that’s that high … ” his words trailed off as he gestured a downward motion.
But just because he isn’t going to be on a mad touring schedule doesn’t mean he’s stepping out of the limelight altogether.
Garth will certainly be back on stage. He slated to open and close RodeoHouston in early spring and then headlines the Stagecoach Festival in Southern California in April.
And he also plans to get back to recording.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to creating music,” he said. “I had no idea that this tour would blow up like this, but it sucked all the oxygen out of everything, so you didn’t get to spend as much time in the studio as you wanted to, didn’t get to see your studio players as much as you wanted, didn’t get to see your songwriter buddies as much as you wanted to. And that’s what we moved to this town to do, so I’m going to enjoy that.”
Beyond that, he’s already looking to 2020– and there may be another amazing tour in store.
“Hopefully, in between here and the summer, we’ll announce what 2019 is gonna be,” he said, “and hopefully they’ll come in a pair – ’19 and ’20 – and if they do, it’s going to be something that’s going to make all of us feel like we’re 20 years old again. It’s gonna be a blast. It will be exactly what you want it to be.”