Saturday night marked Garth Brooks second, of three, sold out shows in Anaheim, a place he had not performed in over two decades. Judging by the immense roar of the packed Honda Center, the legend was worth the wait.
“Thanks for letting us come back to the great state of California,” Brooks said as he began to kick off the show. “It’s been 20 years so thank you for coming back as well.”
The 54-year old showed absolutely no signs of slowing down as he ran, jumped and climbed over all of the circular stage, spreading his contagious energy to his fans for close to three hours.
“I’m just like you, when I pay to go to concerts, I go to see the old stuff,” Brooks stated. “There’s nothing worse than when the artist drops a whole new album on you. That’s why we brought all of our old stuff.”
Brooks got the party started with his “old stuff” with songs like “Rodeo,” “The Beaches of Cheyenne,” Two Pina Coladas,” “Papa Loved Mama” and an energetic rendition of “Ain’t Going Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up).”
His thousands of backup singers nailed every line to every song that Brooks had seemingly ever put out and he needed that on this night.
“You have to understand by now that I’m about 115 years old, so I’m gonna need you to pick me up and keep me going all night,” Brooks playfully informed his fans.
The Oklahoma native continued plowing through his giant hits from “Unanswered Prayers” to “The Thunder Rolls,” but quickly into the start of “In Another’s Eyes,” Brooks was joined by his wife Trisha Yearwood, to create one of the most touching duets of the night.
Yearwood took the spotlight for a few songs before handing it back over to Brooks as he played what he called his “favorite” song to perform on tour, “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”
As Brooks made his way from one hit to another, he certainly wanted to make sure that everybody was injected with the feeling that his next trip to Anaheim was going to be much sooner than what it was before.
Brooks explained, “The first greatest gift I have ever received was being able to raise my babies. The second was for you guys to allow me to start up this tour and if you let me, I won’t make it another 20 years before I come back.”
We’re holding that to you, Garth.
Man Against Machine
Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House (Dennis Robbins cover)
The Beaches of Cheyenne
Two Pina Coladas
Papa Loved Momma
Ain’t Going Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)
If Tomorrow Never Comes
The Thunder Rolls
In Another’s Eyes (with Tricia Yearwood)
XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)
How Do I Love
She’s in Love With the Boy
Shameless (Billy Joel cover)
Callin’ Baton Rouge (The Oak Ridge Boys cover)
Friends In Low Places
Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)
More Than A Memory
We Shall Be Free
Standing Outside the Fire