Garth Brooks Explains the Hoodie

If you ever wondered how or why a star with endless access to designer clothes and A-game stylists would wear a hoodie at his own concert, this may shed some light on that. At least in Garth Brooks’ case.

If you saw his show at the Wynn Las Vegas or the Garth Brooks, Live From Las Vegas concert special that was on TV over the holidays, you probably noticed he was dressed down. Way down. When I saw the show, his wardrobe was a pullover hoodie, jeans, construction boots and a ball cap. I thought it was meant to keep the audience focused on the music instead of wondering who made his jeans or how many bracelets he was wearing. I was overthinking that.

Brooks told industry publication Country Aircheck it was just a matter of timing.

“The whole thing started when I got my time zones screwed up the first time I was going up to Vegas to sound check the room at the Wynn,” he explained. “I’m on my tractor when Steve Wynn calls and says, ’Where the hell are you? The plane is waiting for you to come here and play.’ I look like crap, I’m wearing work boots and smell like diesel, but I grab my guitars and head for the plane.”

You’d think that once Brooks got to Vegas, he’d change into something a little less comfortable. But, that’s not how Wynn wanted it.

“I show up at the theater and play the sound check show,” Brooks explained. “And Wynn says, ’I want you to dress just like that.’ He thought it was meant to be and that it looked like I just came from the living room. He was comfortable with the way I was dressed and said there was no other show in Vegas like it.”

At first, Brooks wasn’t so sure about Wynn’s plan.

“I thought he was crazy,” Brooks said. “But I have to hand it to him. Everyone who walked out of there said it felt like a living room, and a lot of it was just how casually we approached it.”