Garth Brooks made a surprise appearance at Justin Timberlake’s Nashville concert Friday night (December 19th) to sing his massive hit, “Friends In Low Places,” with the pop star.
During a sold out stop on Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience World Tour at the Bridgestone Arena, Brooks walked on stage donning jeans, a button down shirt, long coat and black Garth baseball cap before the second verse of his drinking anthem started. The crowd erupted with cheers and Timberlake paused the song to introduce him as, “Mr. Garth. Brooks.” before breaking into the second verse and trading lines with the iconic singer.
During the breakdown into the famous third verse, Timberlake states, “Now hold on a second guys. Hold on a second, Garth. Get your ass over here, man. I can’t let you leave without that third verse.” As expected, the crowd erupted loudly with cheer.
“You know, other people tour as well,” Brooks states. “And we just started our first tour in fourteen, sixteen years, alright? So, I don’t know how to say this, but we don’t do the third verse to ‘Friends In Low Places’ anymore.”
Brooks pauses as the crowd boos, “This is Nashville. They can boo better than that. I know they can.”
The crowd boos loudly.
“Okay, for you, and because we are in the greatest state in the Land of the Free, how bout everybody, let’s do the third verse together then?” Brooks asks. “We gotta show the young guy how we do it, alright?”
“I’m not that young anymore, sir,” Timberlake quips before Brooks counts into the third verse.
While on stage, Brooks recorded a portion of the performance that he shared on his newly launched social media accounts with the caption, “I saw an ENTERTAINER tonight! @justintimberlake #Justinrcredible.”
Brooks’ wife, Trisha Yearwood, and country superstar Carrie Underwood were also in attendance of Friday’s concert.
“We don’t do the third verse to ‘Friends In Low Places’ anymore.”
This isn’t the first time Timberlake and Brooks have made headlines together. It was earlier this month when Timberlake was spotted having fun, taking pictures of the crowd and singing along from the front row of Brooks’ opening night concert in St. Louis on December 4th, during a night off from his own tour.
The singer, citing Brooks as one of his musical influences, posted a picture of him and Brooks that night on Instagram with the caption, “One of my IDOLS. Garth… You are a MASTER of your craft. I am in awe of you still.”
The next night, Timberlake went off script by performing an impromptu sing-a-long of “Friends In Low Places” in Oklahoma City, Entertainment Tonight reports.
Timberlake’s country roots run deep. Before becoming a member of N’SYNC, the Memphis, TN native, made an appearance on the TV show, Star Search, performing country songs as Justin Randall and in 2007, Timberlake wrote and collaborated with Reba McEntire on “The Only Promise That Remains” for her Duets album.
Last week, Brooks wrapped the first leg of his Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood with three shows in Little Rock, AR. The tour resumes January 9th when he plays seven shows in six nights over two weekends at Tulsa’s BOK Center.
Timberlake has three dates left on his tour. One in Duluth, GA on December 20th and two at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas over New Year’s.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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