Garth Brooks embraces ‘future’ plans, adds possible Stagecoach date

Brooks wraps his three year North American tour in December 2017

Garth Brooks will headline the 2018 Stagecoach festival, according to an exclusive Billboard article. Neither Stagecoach organizers nor Brooks’ camp have confirmed the story. If it is true, it will mark the second festival Brooks is slated to play next year. He is also scheduled to open and close RodeoHouston in 2018.

Brooks has been dipping his toes into festival performances throughout 2017. He recently performed a medley of greatest hits at CMA Fest, which was televised on ABC. Just last month, Brooks sold out two shows at the California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles. He also performed a free show for Austin, Texas residents at SXSW in March.

The country megastar-whose tour with wife Trisha Yearwood is nearing six million tickets sold-has hinted at his desire to explore the festival circuit in-depth once his current North American arena romp wraps up in December.

At a tour stop in Albany New York, he mentioned festivals as a way to tour affordably overseas. Saying, “The bad thing about touring [internationally] is you bring half your gear and you have to charge the people twice as much just to break even. And that’s not fair. They should see the whole show. But if you bring the whole show, it’s gonna cost your ass to get that whole show over there, then bring it back. So festivals are a cool way to do it. Festivals will also probably be our future, because I don’t know if we’ll ever get to tour like this again.”

It is quite possible that the five-time and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year is planning more domestic festival dates as a trial run for tours through Australia and Europe. After all, festivals have arguably more difficult logistical needs for accommodating fans when compared to easily contained arenas. Welcoming a superstar with Brooks’ drawing power can be a rarity for such venues.

Whatever the case may be, California fans can get excited knowing that they have another chance to see Garth and company pass through the state after the official tour wraps. TMU will release more information on the Stagecoach concerts as it becomes available.

The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood has sold more than 5.91 million tickets since its launch in Chicago in September 2014. He kicks off the eighth and final leg of the North American trek in Calgary and Sioux Falls in September with sold out shows.

He will also make a special return to Atlanta — a rare feat during the same tour — in October to perform at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium featuring a unique stage configuration that will see Brooks utilizing the one-of-a-kind halo board in stadium. More dates will continue to be announced through December with a final Nashville stop which has yet to be unveiled.

Author: Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey is podcast producer and writer located in the Northeast. Since 2013, Bailey has produced more than 160 episodes of his own online radio show, Talk For Two. In 2016 alone, he interviewed Kevin Bacon, Crystal Gayle, Bob Barker, and Gilbert Gottfried, among several other stars. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, his focus is Broadway, country music and concert reviews.