Garth Brooks has replaced stadium concerts for diving bar concerts at least for the rest of 2021.
“Stadiums are officially out for this year,” the country star said in the latest episode of his show “Inside Studio G” on Monday.
“Because the diving rods are vaccinated, that’s how you get it done,” Brooks explained his decision to scale down the performances. It’s easier to make sure fans are fully grafted from COVID-19 or tested negative in the previous 72 hours, he said.
Brooks, who is fully vaccinated, stopped his stadium tour at the beginning of the pandemic. He took it up again when the restrictions were eased, but in August he announced that he had pulled five upcoming dates due to the increase in cases caused by the highly contagious delta variant. “I have to do my part, ”He said at the time.
“What scares me, as you have to look at, is that I never saw the second wave coming, I did not know there would be such a thing. Well, there is a third wave, so you just have to see it here, ”he said on Monday. “And what you want to do is what’s best for the people.”
“I want to play music. I want to get out there and laugh, ”Brooks continued. “And I tell you, the look in people’s eyes from the stage, from getting together and singing again, brought so much hope and so much joy, killed me for having to shut it down again. But you want to do the best for the people who are sweet enough to come and see you. ”
“So we’re looking for dates,” he added. “That’s why bars dive instead of stadiums.”
Brooks’ attitude stands in stark contrast to the attitude of British rocker Eric Clapton, who promised not to perform in places that required proof of vaccination – but then seemed to do so anyway.
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