Trek continues in Oct
Garth Brooks has announced the next stop for his Dive Bar Tour will be Monday, October 11th at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City (OKC).
“So this is the first announcement coming of the dive bars that are coming. The string that’s coming,” he says on his Facebook Live series, Inside Studio G. “Why? Because you can get [the fans] vaccinated. You can have your vaccination card. You know everybody’s that’s in there and I think we’re working with Titan maybe, might be the company. You’ve also heard of Clear, another great company and these people just work to make sure the people who are in there are who they say they are. Everybody’s safe and this way we get to still play music.”
The only way to get tickets to the show are through 93.3 Jake-FM which will also be handling the COVID-19 protocols. All patrons must be 21+ and either provide proof of full vaccination or negative test.
Brooks also confirms this is the first Dive Bar Tour stop he’s recording. He plans to capture his latest single, “That’s What Cowboys Do,” live for the first time in OKC.
“This next dive bar in Oklahoma City, we’re bringing all the recording gear too because we need to record a dive bar. You guys are not going to believe what’s going on in there. I can’t believe it and I get to watch it every night, but Salt Lake City made me a believer that we can make a dive bar live record that’ll blow you away. And the songs that are gonna be really killer in there are going to be songs like ‘That’s What Cowboys Do’ That’s where we want to try to get the live version of the current single, ‘That’s What Cowboys Do.’ So, it’s gonna be things like that. It’s those really really country songs, ‘Beaches of Cheyenne,’ those kind of things that really echo through those honky tonk walls — ‘Two of A Kind Working on A Full House’ — the old stuff kinda thing, but you can do ‘All Day Long,’ in there and the place is just perfect. Our stuff is made for dive bars, man.”
Last month, Brooks canceled the remaining 2021 dates of his stadium tour due to a resurgence of rising COVID cases. He says there likely won’t be anymore stadium dates in 2021, although he doesn’t want to rule at least one more out yet.
“Stadiums, we’re still watching, gonna watch from afar,” he shares. “Also, we had a couple of other cities left in this year, but it was like why are we canceling to announce them and you gotta announce them so far out. So, just looking for other dates right now for ’21. It looks like stadium shows probably are not going to happen this year. There is one more city that I don’t wanna call it quits on yet because one fabulous city, fabulous people at the stadium, also don’t want to hold them up, but we’re checking with that. I’d love to have another show before the end of the year, stadium-wise, but if we don’t, dive bars, dive bars, dive bars.”
Brooks’ last dive bar performance was in July at The Westerner in Utah where he said everybody followed the rules and was vaccinated.
Multiple Irish news outlets also report that Brooks is in advanced talks to return to Dublin, Ireland to perform three shows at Croke Park in September 2022. If approved by the Dublin City Council, the shows would see Brooks return for the first time since 1997, and make good after the five sold out shows were canceled in 2014 due to permits being granted for only three shows. At the time, Brooks promised to play all five or none, forcing 400k refunds, averaging 80k per night.
Brooks teased the news with a yes-no nod on Facebook Live. More details as they become available.