Garth Brooks with Trish Yearwood
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Date: July 4, 2016
This was my first trip to the new T-Mobile arena. It should be noted that the The T-Mobile dates through July 4 and a July 9 show in Yankee Stadium were reportedly being filmed for a TV special and home video.
My friends and I had excellent seats but were able to move down a few rows mid-show when we spotted a few seats empty in front of us.
There is something magical about Garth Brooks. I not only spent most of my college years listening to him, but on that day which marked the one year anniversary of being single post divorce, it seemed to help me start the transition of getting back to who I was without losing the gains I made having gone through what I had. Like the song, "The Dance" says:
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd have had to miss the dance....
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood did not disappoint this fan in the slightest. I don't recall one song that I felt was missed. Independence Day is a celebration of how we began as a nation, and how we should remain united no matter the challenges we face. To be able to attend this concert on this day felt every bit as American as attending any fireworks display.
And yes, the mysterious third verse made it's appearance and I was instantly transported back to those late night parties I attended in college where we had karaoke nights way before that was an actual thing.
For me, this concert was more than how things may have sounded or what kind of stage show was put on. It was solely a nostalgic night, spent with great people, and a musician that embodies country in the eyes of this self-proclaimed rock gal.