Garth Brooks turns out one marathon of a performance Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Milestone honoree Garth Brooks performs at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The word ‘Opus’ is defined as any artist’s work, especially one on a large scale. Well if you know Don McClean’s song “American Pie,” you know that word fits it perfectly. Because at 8:33 in length, it is very much an artistic work on a large scale.

Even still, that doesn’t scare Garth.

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At his recent tour stop in San Antonio on July 23, Garth decided to give his band a break while he tried his hand at the American classic — acoustic style. Still, it’s a marathon song so G set it up for the crowd before he took on the monster.

“I don’t know if I can make it through this,” he told the audience at the AT&T Center. “I’m a fat, old guy, people, so you’re gonna have to pick me up and carry me through this one, all right?”

With that, he kicked off the ginormous singalong to close out his show. Trimming it to somewhere in the six-minute range, Garth nailed it.

Near the end, the band re-emerged as Garth said his goodbye and disappeared beneath the stage.

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Garth isn’t the first to put his own spin on the iconic tune. “American Pie” has been covered by hundreds of artists. In 2011, nearly everyone in Grand Rapids, Michigan came together to record a single, continuous LipDub music video of the song, complete with choreographed singing, dance routines, puppies, explosions, pillow fights, and nearly anything else you can think of.

We have to wonder, since Garth doesn’t mind taking on big challenges, does he want to take on that?

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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