With his last Rodeo Houston appearance coming in 1993, Country and Western superstar Garth Brooks was given the greatest Rodeo Houston honor. He was this year’s first headliner to perform on the NRG stadium floor rotating stage; and, the final concert act on the rodeo’s last day, March 18th.
In addition to Garth Brooks closing out Rodeo Houston, the rodeo fans were treated to a final day showcasing other superstars. Preceding Brooks was the North America’s Champions team competition Super Shootout. Eight American and Canadian Rodeo venues each fielded a team of five cowboy and cowgirl champions for a “best-of-the-best” competition. Team Rodeo Houston almost came out on top but finished a close second behind Team Reno.
On opening concert day, Brooks played to a packed crowd, yet some concert goers missed out on his performance due to a huge bottleneck in the line of ticket holders trying to get in. However, the second time around for Brooks was better than the first time. His ticket sales set an “All time” attendance record of 75,577 surpassing the previous record of 75,565 set a week earlier by the music band Calibre 50 on Go Tejano Day. Seated among the record number of attendees was none other than the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush.
Garth Brooks hit the stage with his guitar blazing, while reminiscing with his lighting strikes song, “The Thunder Rolls.” Every song seemed to be a crowd favorite as the stadium full of enthusiastic fans did their best in trying to out sing each other.
Just when you thought the evening couldn’t get any better, Brooks introduced to the stage country music royalty and his “Queen” Trisha Yearwood. Trisha and Garth did a crowd-goes-wild duet singing “In Another’s Eyes.” Then Garth took a seat while Trisha performed one of her best hits, “She’s in Love With the Boy” before exiting the stage.
Brooks brought the unforgettable night to a crescendo by going up into the crowd. He then let loose with George Strait’s mega hit, “Amarillo By Morning,” a perfect cowboy rodeo classic. Brooks closed out the concert by singing his very first hit and majestic ballad, “The Dance.”
Before leaving the stage, Brooks let the adoring crowd know that he would like to come back in 15 years and perform at Rodeo Houston’s 100-year anniversary.