Garth Brooks Says Fans Are Fuel for Each Show
Garth Brooks launched his World Tour on Sept. 4 in Chicago, Ill., and plans to stay on the road for three years. The country music superstar, who kicked things off with 11 shows in the Windy City before heading to Atlanta, Ga., and has shows planned in Jacksonville, Fla., and Lexington, Ky., as well, gives all the credit for his high-energy performances to his fans.
"It only comes from the people," Brooks explains to Detroit radio station WYCD 99.5. "That's the biggest misconception of touring for us. People go, 'Wow, man, how are you going to do 11 shows in Chicago?' And it's like, you don't understand. We come into town on empty. We fill up every night when those people come into the arena. That's where you get your fuel from.'"
The Oklahoma native, who is touring with his wife Trisha Yearwood, says there is nothing he can do on his own to prepare for his action-packed concerts.
"There's nothing you can do for you," he maintains. "You can go run your miles, you can do whatever you want, but the show is the show. And the show is just going to take a different kind of energy. It just is."
The 'Friends in Low Places' singer recently began releasing music digitally on his own GhostTunes service.
“When I decided it was time to ‘go digital,’ I didn’t find an existing way that really fit how I wanted to do it,” he explains. “I shared my dream with some amazing minds and together have created something really special ... This is a site that treats music with the utmost respect, where our job every day is to offer music the way the artists want to share it to the listeners who live for and love it. That’s a job I hope I can do every day.”