Trisha Yearwood will be the special guest at Garth Brooks’ concerts next month in Kansas City, she confirmed Monday (Oct. 8) during an interview with CMT.com and CMT Radio. Yearwood, who is married to Brooks, said they made the decision on Saturday (Oct. 6) during the ticket-selling frenzy that resulted in nine sold-out shows at the new Sprint Center.
“I’ve never been involved in anything like it,” Yearwood said. “Garth was actually cooking breakfast for everybody, and the cell phone was on speaker. I’ve never seen anything like this before, where you’re thinking, ‘It’ll be one show, and if it’s two, then I’ll be really lucky.’ The first show sells out in four minutes, and you’re hearing them say, ‘OK, we’re going for another show!’ It’s like Wall Street, like, ‘Sell it now! Put it on! Put it on right now! Here we go!’ It was amazing, and they just kept going and kept going and kept going.”
Yearwood will release a new album, Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, on Nov. 13, so she had already told Brooks she couldn’t be a part of the concerts, due to a full promotional schedule. However, after getting caught up in the excitement, she changed her mind.
“I was sitting there and thinking, ‘I want to be a part of this,’” she explained. “I basically said, after these nine shows sold out in less than two hours, ‘Why wouldn’t I want to sing for 150,000 people — and get to be with my husband every night?’ So I said yes.
“And then I had to call my manager and say, ‘Look, we have to find a way to do everything we’re doing for street week and do this.’ We’re going to be able to do it all, but I’m going to be really tired when it’s over. There may be one or two of those nine that I can’t do, but I feel like I’m going to be able to do all nine of them, so I am really excited.”
This isn’t the first time Yearwood has opened a series of concerts for Brooks. In 1991, she toured with him to support her self-titled debut album and her first single, “She’s in Love With the Boy.” Her additional performance dates this year include a fundraiser in New York City on Wednesday (Oct. 10) with Vince Gill, Patty Griffin and Jewel to support the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as a concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Nov. 3.
The Kansas City concerts will take place Nov. 5-12 and Nov. 14. Brooks’ new collection, Ultimate Hits, will be released Nov. 6.