Before his concert on Friday night, Garth Brooks spent some time speaking about his music, his family and giving advice for Ohio State students.
Brooks and his band celebrated their two-hundreth show last week for their tour across North America that will last about three years.
“That’s a lot of love,” Brooks said in the press conference held at the Schottenstein Center.
Brooks has been a country superstar since the 1989 and retired from recording and performing in 2001 to be a full-time dad to three daughters.
“I left to do something even cooler,” Brooks said. “There’s nothing cooler than being a parent.”
Brooks, who choked up and held back tears during the press conference, was as humble as they come. As a millennial, humble celebrities are hard to come by and it was refreshing to see such a successful artist be so thankful for his kids, wife and fans to the point that he had to hold back tears in front of complete strangers. He says being raised without social media plays a big part in what makes him grounded.
“Social media is all about self promotion,” he said in a one-on-one interview. “These kids that grew up with social media, self promotion is what they’re used to. I don’t think it makes them not humble, I just think it makes them come off as different that those people that weren’t raised with social media.”
Although social media may be what sets him apart from the celebrities of millennials, he said seeing young people at his concerts is always rewarding.
“It’s neat to see the youth knowing every word to ‘Rodeo,’ [and] ‘Two of a Kind’ ’cause these guys weren’t born yet when those songs were out,” Brooks said.
He said his music has the ability to connect with different generations because of a “common thread” being how each generation cares for others, loves and believes in and against various things.
With graduation only a few weeks away and with Brooks having daughters in college, 1870 asked him if he had any advice for Ohio State seniors.
“I doubt two percent of you will actually go to work in whatever degree you got and real life out there is just full of adjustments. So, whatever you learn in these four years is just to grow up,” he said. “You learn to believe in yourself.”
Tickets are still available for Brooks’ last three shows this weekend.
Photo by Chris Casella