Garth Brooks Unsure If Upcoming Stadium Concerts Will Proceed As Planned: ‘It Breaks My Heart’

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, country superstar Garth Brooks is unsure if his stadium tour will continue past August…

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Lauren Jo Black

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August 3, 2021

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Garth Brooks; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, country superstar Garth Brooks is unsure if his stadium tour will continue past August 14. 

In a press release issued on Tuesday, August 3, the seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year shared that his upcoming shows scheduled for Kansas City, Missouri on August 7th and Lincoln, Nebraska on August 14th will continue as scheduled, however the remaining tour dates are up in the air.

According to the release, Brooks and his team will assess the COVID-19 situation after August 14 and then decide the fate of the tour. Due to the ongoing situation, tickets for Brooks’ Seattle concert will not go on sale on Friday (Aug. 6) as planned. 

“It breaks my heart to see city after city go on sale and then have to ask those sweet people and the venues to reschedule,” Brooks shared. “We have a three week window coming up where we, as a group, will assess the remainder of the stadium tour this year. It’s humbling to see people put this much faith in you as an artist, and it kills me to think I am letting them down.”

The shows that will be assessed at a later time are: Seattle, WA (Sept. 4), Cincinnati, OH (Sept. 18), Charlotte, NC (Sept. 25), Baltimore, MD (Oct. 2), and Boston, MA (Oct 9). 

During Monday evening’s Inside Studio G Facebook livestream, Brooks discussed the resurgence of the virus and told fans, “It’s getting real sticky out there.” 

“Follow all the rules, make your own rules up too. You can’t be safe enough. You can’t be cautious enough. Keep your space. Keep your distance,” Brooks said. “Please feel free to wear the masks at the concert. Nobody is going to look at you strange, I promise.”

The news comes just days after Garth Brooks’ Nashville concert was postponed due to severe weather. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.