Garth Brooks is closing out the North American leg of his record-breaking “World Tour” this December in Nashville. Right now, he’s set to play Dec. 16 at Bridgestone Arena, but if his last time playing that venue is any indication, there will be many more shows added.

Before he launched his latest trek in 2014, Garth’s most recent concerts were a string of nine benefit shows in Music City in 2010. Nashville experienced an unprecedented flood in May of 2010, and Garth’s nine shows in the city that December attracted more than 150,000 fans and raised a lot of money to help the city get back on its feet.

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In honor of that historic run of shows, Garth now has a banner going up on permanent display at Bridgestone Arena. Rare Country caught up with Garth just after that banner was revealed, and he was pretty emotional seeing it in person.

Garth says, “Is that not the most beautiful thing? It’s unbelievable. And the fact that that’s going to hang in the city of entertainers, that’s pretty cool.”

Garth and his band and crew have played more than 400 shows in the last three years, so putting Nashville last on this leg of the trek seemed like a great way to wrap things up.

He says, “It’s like getting to come home. This was something that you knew that if the tour started to get as long as it was going to that you wanted that thing to drive you through the last year of it. Getting to come home is a big thing.”

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This “World Tour” is the first major trek Garth has launched since the late ’90s, too. Most cities he’s played during the run haven’t hosted a Garth show in 20 years, so he wanted to let some time go by between his last Nashville shows and this new 2017 date.

He explains, “You didn’t want people going, ‘Oh, Garth’s back here again? Wasn’t he just here?’ You try to put as much time as you can. Most cities are 20 years. This one’s seven.”

The biggest challenge for Garth in Nashville will be topping those 2010 shows, though.

He says, “I tell everybody around the planet, if you were at the flood shows, you don’t need to come to another Garth Brooks show, ’cause I don’t know how it gets better than that. That was a beautiful nine days right there.”

We’re sure Nashville is ready for your return, Garth!

Garth will be in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 8, for “The 51st Annual CMA Awards.” He’s the reigning Entertainer of the Year, and there’s a good chance he’ll take home a record sixth trophy in that category, something he hopes to do for the sake of his hardworking band and crew. See if Garth pulls it off when the CMA Awards air live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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