Garth Brooks holds first concert at Atlanta's Mercedes Benz Stadium
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Country star Garth Brooks is headlining the first concert at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta Thursday night.
Brooks said he is honored to open the stadium for concerts, and his wife Trisha Yearwood said it is a "coming home show."
Due to safety concerns, particularly following the deadly shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, the new stadium has a clear bag policy, meaning that bags need to be transparent in order to get into the stadium.
However, Brooks didn't express concerns about the concert and said the music community, along with its fans, is a resilent one.
“Things get down and music gets called on. The crazy thing that happened here is it happened in the music community. So who is gonna pick you up? Right? That’s when you just gotta let it go and remember who you belong to. You belong to the people. The music belongs to them. Go out and do it and their joy becomes your joy," he said.
Brooks said Mercedes Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta is the perfect venue because it offers an intimate concert experience while still being in a stadium.
He said the stage will make everyone feel like they are up close and provide an great concert experience.
Prior to his show, Brooks talked about this summer's loss of music legend Gregg Allman, who he said still impacts the country scene today.
“The true judgment of living is how long you live after you’re gone," Brooks said. "He’s gonna live forever. His music is in all of us. I think it shows. Especially right now in country music. Take a couple new acts in country music especially a guy that’s been cleaning up the awards lately, if you don’t think he knows all the Allman stuff, you gotta be crazy."
Brooks also spoke about Georgia's impact on the country music scene.
"It's a beautiful thing--the contribution of this whole state," he said. "Georgia is riding a great right now. Without many people they've got, between Jason and Allen and all the people coming up, the new guys, Georgia has it covered in the country music department. We are lucky for it."