Anyone who has ever seen Garth Brooks perform on the Grand Ole Opry knows that it’s a magical mix of reverence for tradition, roof-raising sing-alongs, and special connections with the crowd and the Opry family. During the two sold-out shows he played at the Opry on August 25, Garth outdid even himself.
Following his closing performance during the second show, the crowd kept chanting for more, with their cheers and applause reverberating backstage. Garth and his band returned to the stage and delivered what Opry staff members believe to be the first-ever encore performance after the Opry House’s big red curtain had come down at the end of the show
Starting with “That Summer,” Garth also treated the crowd to a cover of George Strait’s “The Fireman” and ended his encore with “The Dance.”
“Thank you guys for one of the coolest freaking nights of my life!” he shouted before he left the hallowed stage.
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