Garth Brooks at the Whynn: Dreams Come True Birthday!
Well it has been a while since I actively tried to cross things off the bucket list. Right before I turned 26 I decided that I would make this my year of making dreams come true. So I went to work trying to figure out the easiest things that I could do right away. For some reason a majority of them included hiking. -Didn’t know I was that much of an enthusiast but none the less it’s on the list so it needs to be done.
I also saw that #64 said I wanted to go to a Garth Brooks concert.
I’m slightly too young to have really followed his career but one Christmas I got these DVDs of his greatest concerts and I was converted.
Garth is my idol when it comes to performing, song writing, and well let’s just face it…
He’s The Man.
Well, he was in retirement until about 4 years ago when he started to do weekend shows at The Wynn Las Vegas. I have been salivating over these tickets ever since I heard the news. Everyone I ever talked to who had seen it said it was just beyond amazing. -It’s just Garth on stage with a guitar a few lights a little bit of reverb. Well I couldn’t do it before the mission and he was ending his first run of shows so I just thought “Well, maybe someday” When I got home I found out that he had started up again. I filed that information in the back of my mind.
As I was preparing my list of things I wanted to do for my birthday I added it to that list -but didn’t know HOW I would be able to pull that off. It was a lot of money and didn’t know too many people that would be willing to go with me. I didn’t tell anyone. I shelved it… until Thursday, October 5, 2012. That morning I got a text from my friend Brandon (also a HUGE Garth Fan) that this run would be coming to an end in a month.
I was distraught! My HERO! -Will I NEVER get to see him live in concert?! I hung my head in sadness but then had to go along with my day. Around 9:30pm I got another text from Brandon.
Are you feeling crazy? Call me as soon as you can.
I called him about 15 min later. He said that he had been looking through everything and saw that of the remaining shows there was only one that had availability. Tomorrow night @ 10:30pm
-Could I do it? –Should I do it? —But this is Garth!!!
I’ll put it into perspective exactly how much I love Garth… If I guy I barely knew got down on one knee and just had tickets to go see Garth in his hand… I would have a VARY difficult time saying “No” to whatever he asked.
This was a long time friend who -as he put it was seeing if I would talk him in or out of the trip- He didn’t know I needed to cross this off my list….
That was it. We were going! …and 24 hours later we were in Vegas!
My Dad later asked me “So how does one guy with just a guitar keep your attention and be THAT good?” -Well he gets up there and talks a million miles a min and then sings the first verse and chorus of 30-40 songs both his own and his influences. He put’s it all out there and doesn’t hold anything back. The only thing that they really add to his powerful country voice is a vit of Reverb. -The rest is just solid emotion.
You can’t plan something like that trip. You just have to write down your dreams and then take the opportunities to make them come true. I wasn’t able to do #65 but you see that list is magical… and the year’s not over yet!