Garth Brooks: Literally Smoothing Out Rough Spots

The Lessons Learned One Year Later

Has it been a year already? It has.

It’s been a year since Garth Brooks kicked off his comeback tour in Chicago on Sept. 4, 2014. And he’s learned a lot of things about a lot of things, especially when it comes to the sharp edges of his orb.

The orb is just what it sounds like. A gigantic ball that rises and falls onstage, with the drummer and his drums inside, and Brooks climbing on the outside of it during his own country take on Aerosmith’s 1993 song “Fever.”

“The orb is fantastic,” he told radio station WUSN in Chicago. “But we filed it down, because in Chicago I bled like a stuck pig. I fell on it once. Now we’ve got the orb down to perfection.”

In the interview, Brooks also reveals another lesson he’s learned: that more and more men are coming to his show. After his Chicago run ended, he said he thought, “Did anybody notice that it’s like a dude fest?”

“It used to be 80/20 — just girls there — and they’d drag their boyfriends,” Brooks said, adding that now it’s 50/50 at every show. “You see as many guys as you do girls.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.