Trisha Yearwood: “It’s a Different World”

“We Still Need to Be Completely Surprised and Devastated Every Time”

News of an explosion at Monday’s (May 22) Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England was just starting to break when Trisha Yearwood sang the National Anthem at game six of the Nashville Predators’ Stanley Cup playoffs.

By the time Yearwood appeared on Tuesday morning’s (May 23) Today show, the tragedy was being investigated as a terror attack that injured 59 people and took the lives of 22, including the bomber 22-year-old Salman Adebi.

Co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford asked Yearwood whether she thinks about a similar incident happening on tour with Garth Brooks, she said, “you can’t do anything without considering that it’s a different world.”

“I think music is that place where it is a healer,” she said. “It is the place that people go to escape the things in their life that they want to get away from. And that’s what makes me the saddest, especially with Ariana Grande with these little girls who just want to go hear her sing. They’re just in there having the time of their lives and just trying to have fun.”

“We still need to be completely surprised and devastated every time something like this happens,” she added, “because I don’t want it to be like, ’Oh well there’s another one.’ Every person who lost somebody this is everything that’s happening in their lives right now. I’m frustrated and sad for the families and the victims and I’m also sad for Ariana because even though it has no bearing on her, it’s still got to be devastating.”

Yearwood originally appeared on the show to talk about singing the National Anthem on the historic night in Smashville and her new line of William Sonoma cookware. But everyone on camera agreed that honoring the victims was more important.

The Garth Brooks World Tour picks up July 15 in Oklahoma City.

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