Garth Brooks bringing his 'Dive Bar Tour' to Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Garth Brooks, who played back-to-back nights of double s old-out shows at what's now Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in 2015, is returning to Northeast Ohio, in a slightly smaller venue.
Brooks' team announced Tuesday night that the country superstar will bring his "Dive Bar Tour" to the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown on Monday, Oct. 28. Though it bills itself as the region's largest country dance club, with a capacity of about 6,600, that pales compared to the nearly 20,000 seats in the FieldHouse.
But at this stage of his illustrious career, Brooks can afford to take a few liberties - and besides, he's mixing this "Dive Bar Tour" (so named to promote his latest single, "Dive Bar," featuring fellow Oklahoman Blake Shelton) in with a stadium tour.
The boy ain't hurtin' for bucks.
Aside from being in probably the smallest venues Brooks has played since he was a bouncer back in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he was attending Oklahoma State University, the tour is unique in that no tickets are being sold per se. The only way in is to win tickets through local radio stations.
Email requests for details from Brooks' publicists and WGAR/FM 99.5, one of the radio stations that announced the Dusty Armadillo stop after Brooks revealed on his Sirius Channel 55 Garth Channel earlier in the day for details were not immediately answered. So we're not sure when or how fans can sign up for or request tickets.
What could be interesting is that Brooks' wife, Trisha Yearwood, is in town for a show of her own on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Playhouse Square's State Theatre. She's on tour promoting her new album, "Every Girl," which happens to have a song on it called "What Gave Me Away" that features her husband. And she's his singing partner on one of his biggest hits, "In Another's Eyes." So, the possibility exists of cameo appearances at each other's shows. After all, her next gig after the State Theatre show isn't until she plays Brooks' hometown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Nov. 2.
Just the possibility of a Brooks sighting - much less joining his wife onstage - is likely to boost ticket sales for Yearwood's show.
Brooks is the reigning Country Music Association entertainer of the year, his sixth win during an illustrious career that included songs like "Friends in Low Places," "Rodeo," "Papa Loved Mama," "Thunder Road," "Calling Baton Rouge," "Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old" and many more. It's even more impressive when you consider he took a decade away from music to raise his children, and yet when he returned to the stage, he was just as powerful, just as dynamic, just as FUN as he ever was.
It might be a little disingenuous to say that Brooks' return saved country music, which was wallowing in the effects of "bro-country" and its stale imitations. But it's not too far.
And now, getting back to his roots, as it were, Brooks is showing that he paid attention in those classes at OSU (not tOSU), where he earned a degree in marketing. This "Dive Bar Tour" is a remarkable display of marketing savvy, especially mixed in among the sold-out stadium tours.
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