Garth Brooks’ performance of “Callin’ Baton Rouge” at Tiger Stadium on Saturday evening (April 30) was so loud that a seismograph, located in the Nicholson Building on Louisiana State University’s campus, reportedly recorded a small earthquake.
Brooks‘ now historic performance of “Callin’ Baton Rouge” marks the first time in 24 years that Brooks got to play the tune in Tiger Stadium, which is home to the LSU Tigers football team.
While the world-renowned country superstar performed the track, which has become the unofficial anthem for LSU fans at football games, the capacity crowd of over a 100,000 roared the lyrics back to the hitmaker.
The thunderous sing-along kicked into high gear immediately after fans heard the first chords of the iconic track’s famous fiddle opening. Fans sang the song so loud that they literally shook the stadium and caused a small earthquake, according to an on campus seismograph.
According to a Tweet made by Cody Worsham, the Chief Brand Officer for LSU Sports, “an LSU professor set up a seismograph machine,” for the show to see just how loud and rowdy Garth Brooks got during his concert in Tiger Stadium. A seismometer is an instrument that responds to ground noises and shaking such as caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and explosions.
LSU later confirmed that the seismograph did report a small earthquake during the performance of “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”
Following the show, Brooks took to social media to gush over the show, which he said was “UN – FREEEEEAAAAKING REAL!!!!”
“LSU … tonight was better than my wildest dreams !!!! love, g #GARTHinBATONROUGE,” Brooks wrote alongside photos of the massive crowd in attendance at the stadium.
Ahead of the show, during a press conference with local media, Brooks predicted the show would be “loud,” but he never could’ve imagined the noise levels to be so loud that they would register as a small earthquake.
“This is going to be loud. This is going to be stupid, and it’s going to go all night long,” Brooks said.
The seven-time Entertainer Of The Year went on to share that there’s no better feeling than getting to play “Callin’ Baton Rouge” in Baton Rouge.
“You can get a Grammy, they can put you in the Hall of Fame, but getting a text from your buddies that are in the stadium here when they do ‘Callin’ Baton Rouge’ and you get to see it will make you cry and make you jump up. It’s the coolest thing,” Brooks admitted to WAFB.
The sold out show, attended by 102,321 fans, also became the second-largest stadium concert in North American History. Garth Brooks’ crowd is only second to George Strait’s 2014 Arlington, Texas concert that drew in 104,793 at AT&T Stadium.