MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - It’s a big weekend for music fans in the Twin Cities as country music legend Garth Brooks is headlining two concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Before the show, he sat down with FOX 9 to talk about why Minnesota has always held a special place in his heart.
Brooks may have friends in low places, but he also seems to have fans everywhere else.
“What I love about this place is they have taken care of the music since day one,” he said.
Brooks says the Twin Cities hold a special place in his heart because radio stations here started playing his music long before he was a country superstar. He just doesn’t know why his music resonates so well in Minnesota.
In fact, his first show at U.S. Bank Stadium sold out so quickly he had to add another show.
“When what goes on during ticket day happens, you can’t get here fast enough because you know you are coming to a place where your music is protected and amplified,” he said. “Because they are going to be singing with you. That makes for any artist to want to get here.”
Brooks says his wife Trisha Yearwood is a huge Prince fan, and he and his band got to see the purple one in action when they both played shows in Ireland a few years back.
“We go back to the hotel, guess who’s staying at the same hotel?” He recalled. “Guess who’s riding in the same elevator? There he is. I’m just not saying anything. He doesn’t know who I am. I’m just sitting there going, ‘Holy cow.’
During his two-night stand at U.S. Bank Stadium, Brooks may set a new record for total attendance at a Twin Cities stadium concert venue, but he says it’s not about the numbers. It’s about the music and the fans.
“What I love about it is the challenge and I wanted to make it warm,” he said. “But what I found out is it already is. So, this is pretty cool. It’s like the only thing I don’t like is you only get one shot at it. And Thank God. Here, we got two.”