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Garth Brooks at The University of Notre Dame

By Melodie Wyttenbach

No matter the rain, the snow, or the thunder rolls, Garth Brooks fans filled the Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night for an unforgettable performance. Garth kicked off the evening singing live for the first time “All Day Long” and fans went wild. The crowd carried the energy the remainder of the evening as he played Garth classics including, “The River”, “The Rodeo”, “Thunder Rolls”, and “Friends in Low Places.”

 Garth announced the performance was the first of a series of Stadium Tours that will unfold on college campuses over the next three years. This tour is intended to be a Music 101 course for college students, where he will include some of the greatest songs from the greatest artists of all time. He lived up to this theme, as he played songs “Night Moves” and “On the Road Again” by Bob Seger, and Beatles classics including “Let it Be” and “Hey Jude.”

The night wouldn’t be complete without a bit of Irish football flare. When singing, “Friends in Low Places,” Garth was joined on stage by the Irish Leprechaun and ND cheerleaders, fans did the wave and chanted “Let’s go Irish” and Garth joined in. The crowd went wild when Garth pulled out a guitar emblazoned with Notre Dame insignia as he played the fiddle-filled “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”

Garth played like a champion this evening, especially as he closed out his set sending his ten-member band off stage and fulfilling song requests from his fans. Just a legendary musician and his guitar, Garth closed the evening with hits like “She’s every woman”, “The Red Stokes”, “Ireland”, and “Guy Going Nowhere” before polishing things off with another classic “American Pie” by Don McLean.

If you missed this amazing performance, or simply were there and want to relive it, fear not as this taped concert will be coming to televisions on CBS, December 2nd, 2018.

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