Two country superstars are crediting Winnipeggers with helping them deal with the loss of their close friend and former band member.
Hours before taking the stage Friday night in Winnipeg for the first of four shows, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were at a funeral for Brooks former bass player, Mike Chapman. Champan, who passed away from cancer earlier this week, had played bass on every single Brooks album.
“Truthfully, last night was kind of a cloud for me. People were very sweet, they lifted that cloud for me. But still not really too sure I was all here last night, but the crowd was all here, they were fantastic,” said Brooks.
In a news conference Saturday afternoon, Brooks says the crowd at Friday night’s concert blew him away.
“Holy cow, I came out of the hole, these people were there, they were ready,” said an emotional Brooks.
Brooks later told fans about the loss of Chapman about halfway through the show, right before he sang “The Dance”. That song was played at Champman’s funeral.
Yearwood said Winnipeg fans were so loud they’re considering using it for their live album.
“I was blown away,” Yearwood said.
But the couple are promising an even bigger, and if possible, louder Saturday night when they will play two concerts in one evening.
“It’s Saturday night tonight, trust me it’s going to be stupid,” Brooks said.
– With files from Global Winnipeg