Garth Brooks | 12.04.14

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Scottrade Center, St. Louis

After a 17-year hiatus from gracing the stages of the world, the King of Country returned to the Scottrade Center on Thursday night. With a new album, Man against Machine, recently released, it was a true musical event to once again have him take the stage here in St. Louis.

Equipped with a 20-foot-high black metal cage emblazoned with his spinning logo, Brooks took the stage to a thunderous roar from the crowd. As the cage slowly lifted, it revealed a space age–style sphere, inside which was the drum set. Then, from a sudden, large burst of smoke, Garth magically appeared on-stage, á la David Copperfield. And then the rockin’ began.

It was quite obvious by the massive amount of energy he expressed during the two-hour show that Brooks has indeed missed his fans, and missed doing what he does best: performing. Focusing more on his classic hits, Brooks brought favorites including “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “The River,” and the dark tale “Thunder Rolls” to the stage, as well as two new singles, “People Loving People” and “Mom.”

Although she may be thought by many to be her husband’s opening act, the crowd was thrilled when award-winning country diva Trisha Yearwood took the stage in the middle of the show to join in on a few hits, including the massively popular “How Do I Live.” Overall, this show was full of fan-friendly surprises. As Brooks rounded out the night with his first hit single, “Friends in Low Places,” the reverent crowd ate up every note and lyric.

Brooks is one hell of an entertainer—and a popular one. Few country artists have been able to cross over into mainstream popular music the way he has. His audience is very diverse, from hardcore country fans, to rock and even hard rock fans. This is only fitting, as the artist himself loves bands like KISS and Aerosmith.

This was a fantastic show by a well-rounded entertainer away from the stage for far too long. Welcome back, Garth! | Marc Farr

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