Garth Brooks, the superstar who brought stadium-filling popularity to country music, returns to Louisiana this week for a five-night stand at the Cajundome.
Brooks is the top-selling solo recording artist of the 20th century. He’s sold 149 million albums, earned seven diamond awards for seven albums that sold 10 million copies each. He’s the only five-time winner of the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award.
Brooks’ Cajundome concerts will be his first Lafayette performances in 25 years. With 47,000 tickets sold, he has already quadrupled his 1992 sales of 12,409 tickets at the Cajundome.
Showtimes for the Lafayette concerts are as follows: 7 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 7 p.m. Friday, June 30; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Brooks’ wife, singer Trisha Yearwood, will open each show.
Tickets are $74.98. All seats sold are best available. There is an eight-ticket limit per purchase for the shows. Tickets may be purchased at ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster Express at (866) 448-7849 or (800) 745-3000.
Before his upcoming Lafayette shows, Brooks’ previous Louisiana appearances were four concerts at the Smoothie King Center in July 2015. They marked his belated debut in New Orleans and first appearances in Louisiana in 18 years.
The Smoothie King Center performances were a triumphant return to Louisiana for Brooks. During his first New Orleans show, Brooks’ 1994, bluegrass-styled hit, “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” inspired the night’s loudest and longest reaction.
“People always say, ‘What’s your favorite song to perform?’ ” Brooks told his Smoothie King Center audience before he performed “Callin’ Baton Rouge.” “Hands down, this is it.” Afterward, he said, “That song has never sounded that good in my entire life.”
The Garth Brooks World Tour, launched in 2014, follows his four-year, solo residency at Steve Wynn’s Encore Theater in Las Vegas. The Vegas residency signaled the singer’s return to the limelight following nearly a decade of retirement.
Brooks announced his retirement in 2001, saying he wished to go home to his native Oklahoma and raise his three daughters. In December 2013, he announced his Garth Brooks World Tour on “Good Morning America.” Speaking to Robin Roberts, Brooks said his wife and children approved of his return to the road.
“So now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music,” Brooks told Roberts. “I get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood.”
Garth Brooks World Tour
with Trisha Yearwood
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 7 p.m. Friday, June 30; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1
WHERE: Cajundome, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette
COST: $74.98. There is an 8-ticket limit.