On Monday night (Oct. 24), Garth Brooks took the stage at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater for his much-anticipated free show. But he didn’t do it alone.
Brooks was joined onstage throughout the night by his wife Trisha Yearwood, plus Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire, Chris Young and Steve Wariner. Each guest singer was hand-picked by Brooks, and each one was invited to hand-pick a personal favorite song to sing.
McEntire’s was “Not Counting You,” and Young’s was “The River.”
Aldean’s choice was “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” and Wariner’s selected “Longneck Bottle.”
Clarkson picked “We Shall Be Free.”
For fans who couldn’t get their hands on tickets to the free show, there were TV screens set up on the riverfront so they could feel like they were inside the amphitheater.
“The list of thank-you’s is unbelievable, starting with God and my parents, of course,” Brooks said during the concert. “Even the people that walk before you. This doesn’t happen without Haggard, Jones. It doesn’t happen without Buck Owens, Keith Whitley. And I tell you what, all of country music doesn’t happen without Randy Travis. I can tell you that right now.”
Brooks also received an award during the show, for being the first recording artist in the history of music to earn seven Diamond certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the albums Garth Brooks, No Fences, Ropin’ the Wind, The Hits, Double-Live, Sevens and The Ultimate Hits were all recorded in the state of Tennessee.