Garth Brooks wrapped up his three-year run of one man shows at Encore Theater in the Wynn in Las Vegas last weekend with tears and a hug from wife Trisha Yearwood, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Once the curtain went down on Garth’s final performance, he admitted it wasn’t his greatest performance of all time.
“It wasn’t the best show over the three years because I was too emotional,” he said. “I was getting ready to go out there and kick some ass, and then Steve [Wynn] did an introduction, and I was toast after that.”
Steve Wynn introduced Garth by telling the audience he was about to play his 184th show at Encore Theater and had played for over 300,000 people in three years. He went on to tell the audience how he convinced Garth to agree to a stand at the theater in the first place.
“When we first met, he had one thing in mind; I had another thing in mind,” Steve said. “He wanted to do his charity for kids at the hotel, and I wanted to talk him out of retirement and come back singing. I got my opening while we were on the outdoor terrace at SW Steakhouse. I told him he was going to get a great steak. I told the waiter to bring him the risotto with the black truffles. My opening came when Garth asked, ‘What’s risotto?’ My answer was, ‘Brother Brooks, you’ve been on the farm too long. Time to come on out before you forget the words to your songs.’
Steve went on to tell the audience of how he promised Garth the best of everything – top of the line wardrobes, elaborate sets, a full orchestra, whatever it took. He even promised Garth a jet so he could be back home in Oklahoma in time for his daughters’ soccer games.
“He said, ‘I got the backup singer covered. I’ll take care of the set and the band. But you will take care of the jet,’” Steve told the audience. Garth went on to perform his final show the same way he has every night since it opened – just him, wearing jeans and a black t-shirt, guitar in hand, on an otherwise-bare stage.
The final show lasted nearly two hours. Garth sang hits by some of his favorite artists as well as his own hits. Trisha joined him for two duets and again as the curtain came down. Garth hopes to return to the Wynn to tape the show for a television special.
“This show is so me,” Garth told the paper. “I don’t feel any different than when I first got here. The show is a ball. It’s changed, it’s changed the way I’ve changed over the three years: subtlely. I wouldn’t have felt anything if Steve hadn’t made that introduction. Then I got way too emotional.”
The rumors are running rampant that Garth will resume touring in 2014. Steve Wynn only added fuel to the fire by all but confirming it to the Las Vegas Sun. Garth was more coy on his future plans, however.
“For now, our job is to let the kids finish high school, get their education, then we’ll see what we’re going to do,” Garth said. “We still have [a] junior in high school, so there’s a couple of years to finish there, and then we’ll see if there’s a place for us back in the industry.”