More than three years on the road, nearly 400 shows in 78 cities, and more than 6.4 million tickets sold. That’s the Garth Brooks World Tour With Trisha Yearwood in a nutshell. The North American run ends this weekend in Nashville and the megastar is reflecting on the adventure in a new interview with Billboard.
There will be a lot to miss after the dust settles, Garth admits. “I’m going to miss the guys,” he tells the publication of his band and crew. “You don’t do 390 performances with people you don’t want to see every day. I’ve got one more week as the captain of the ship to make sure everyone gets home safe. Seeing these people get back to their families after three years of running the road, that’s pretty cool.”
At around $70 each, Garth’s ticket prices have certainly done their part to draw crowds. Asked by Billboard what he knows about pricing that other artists don’t, the superstar plays it cool. “I would love to tell you that it’s some kind of intelligence, some kind of business sense,” he says. “I’d love that to tell you that my four years [playing a solo show at Las Vegas’ The Wynn] with Steve Wynn I learned how to become a businessman, but it would taste a lie. I think it is just purely ego-driven on my part. Just so you can see more people. There’s nothing cooler than playing for 18,000 people and when you say goodbye, those 18,000 people are ushered out and there’s a new set of 18,000 people there two hours later. How does it get more egotistical than that?”
The conversation eventually turned to what’s next. Some much-needed rest is at the top of the list. “For the first two or three weeks I’m not going to feel guilty about just sleeping the whole time, but then when you wake up, you look in that mirror, and say, ‘I’m breathing,'” Garth tells Billboard. “What am I supposed to do?”
Rumors have been swirling about a possible European tour beyond that, but there’s no guarantees yet. “It doesn’t look like it’s going to be able to be pulled together by ,” he offers. “I gotta tell you, I have a circle to complete and that circle is not getting any nearer.”
A stadium tour has also been discussed, but Garth won’t confirm or deny it. “I can’t tell you, but it’s so fu**ing cool,” he says.
Garth also talks about the possibility of releasing his music videos on YouTube finally, his next album, and his recent CMA Entertainer of the Year win in the interview. Read more in Billboard here.
Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.