Garth Brooks Falls in Tulsa, Again on Stage Conveyor Belts
Luke Bryan, you officially have a rival for the clumsiest entertainer in country music.
When we first heard of the return of Garth Brooks, we all wondered if he would ring up the score on the younger Bro-Country pups, but we didn’t know it would be from how many times he’s waxed on stage. Garth experienced a pretty serious fall during his Saturday, January 10th show at Tulsa’s BOK Center, the third such fall since his comeback tour commenced, and the culprit was once again a familiar one.
READ: Luke Bryan Falls Off Stage ”¦ For A Third Time in 2014
Garth’s stage setup on his comeback tour has more gadgets than a Swiss Army knife. It breathes fire, shoots lasers, belches smoke, has retractable video screens, endless lights, and a glowing “orb” as a centerpiece. Another feature of the stage is two conveyor belt-type devices running opposite ways that work like suped-up people movers at an airport, rushing Garth from one side of the stage to the other.
And once again while in the midst of singing his cover of Aerosmith’s “Fever” from his 1995 album Fresh Horses, it appears Garth loses his footing on the conveyor belt, sending him careening out-of-control. One of the reasons Garth might see YouTube as the devil is because now the incident isn’t just captured in the minds of the Tulsa concertgoers, but is here to relive over and over…at least until his bulldog lawyers threaten lawsuits and it gets yanked like the previous footage of falls.
Yuck it up fuzzballs, like you’ve never taken a spill … on a million-dollar stage while performing for tens of thousands, on weird-ass conveyor belts that don’t seem to serve very much purpose.
January 11, 2015 @ 7:01 pm
Garth Brooks reminds me of Jennifer Lopez, in that they are both trying to relive their youthful heydays through stage athletics. The difference is that Jennifer Lopez has maintained enough fitness to actually pull the trick off, while Garth clearly has not.
January 11, 2015 @ 7:25 pm
He’d be much better suited on a small stage. Maybe a coffee shop where the only conveyor is the one toasting the bagels.
January 11, 2015 @ 7:27 pm
He should stay with the big stadiums but at least take some time to just sit and play the guitar. A good model for this would be Taylor Swift’s acoustic segments in her past tours:
January 11, 2015 @ 8:12 pm
The fall must not have detracted from the show. Everyone who’s been to any of his shows in Tulsa thus far, have only great things to say about it.
December 11, 2019 @ 2:08 pm
ya ever heard a Garth fan actually say anything bad about a Garth show?
January 11, 2015 @ 9:51 pm
Maybe he’s just a massive Chevy Chase fan.
(let it sink in)
January 11, 2015 @ 10:37 pm
It seems like all those conveyors do is let him awkwardly stumble and wave his arms around while he sings. I’m sorry but Garth Brooks is the strangest dude to ever have a career country music.
January 12, 2015 @ 12:54 am
That whole stage set-up looks awful to me – why is the drummer in that swirly looking thing? Give me a small stage and a few neon lights any day!
January 12, 2015 @ 1:34 am
It’s called an “orb” Kev, get with the program!
January 12, 2015 @ 6:28 am
Oh, right, I see. The drummer’s IN the ‘orb’ …… all makes perfect sense now. Does he go upside down like the guy from Motley Crue used to? If not, I’m not interested!
On another subject entirely, can I just boast here about being on the guest list for The Cactus Blossoms’ first London date? Really wanna let someone know how excited I am …. wonder if they’ll have an ‘orb’?
January 12, 2015 @ 3:17 am
Third time is not a charm. Forget the conveyor…be a purveyor of good music.
50 is not the new 30.
January 12, 2015 @ 3:18 am
At the risk of sounding like an old fart, whatever happened to just putting on a great show? Have modern American audiences become so accustomed to spectacle and gimmick that an evening of good music performed with passion isn’t enough? Garth has enough good music in his catalog — and his heart still seems to be in it — that he could pull it off. I guess once you do the Peter Pan thing in a football stadium, though, the next tour has to be more outrageous. I await the tour when they shoot him out of a cannon, or have him sing while riding a motorcycle on the Wall of Death.
January 12, 2015 @ 7:14 am
Have modern American audiences become so accustomed to spectacle and gimmick that an evening of good music performed with passion isn”™t enough?
I often asked myself the same question back in the 1990s when everyone was raving about the same spectacle. I always found it quite telling that George Strait was pretty much the polar opposite of Garth Brooks on stage yet got more or less the identical reaction.
January 12, 2015 @ 9:27 am
One of my former Band Buddies was a retired professional guitarist who’d toured around for quite some time and he summed it up like this: if he wanted to listen to music, he’d buy a CD. if he’s going to pay big money to see somebody, he wants to see a show. that doesn’t justify Garth doing… whatever this all is though…
January 12, 2015 @ 10:06 am
And I’m hip to the whole “spectacle” concept. The modern concert is meant to create a *memory* and concert-goers will go home and talk about the show for months. But they’re not necessarily talking about the *music* and I think that’s sad. I know Garth was a marketing major in college, but he’s a musician, not a circus act.
I also wonder where it ends, as everybody tries to top everybody else. I was joking about being shot out of a cannon, but when I stop to think about it, if may not be so crazy.
January 15, 2015 @ 5:37 pm
Not an opponent or proponent for Garth’s current tour as I have not attended any shows as of yet; however, I was lucky enough to attend one of his Vegas shows while he was at the Wynn.
So, I would like to comment that Garth did do the “evening of good music performed with passion” for 5 years in Vegas. If you didn’t get a chance to go to Vegas, it can be seen on video in his “Blame It All On My Roots” box set.
To quote a later post by randygwatkins:
“…just him, a guitar and a stool. He came out and talked to the crowd, played parts of MANY songs of all genres and put on one hell of a show. The second half was taking requests and just “winging it…”
June 28, 2020 @ 9:14 pm
Saw the same tour! A bunch of us flew from Montana for a girl friend’s birthday. That’s what she wanted! We got on the plane the flier said,
“A man & his guitar.”….. Needless to say I was upset! I paid $60.00 more for, …..
“A man & his guitar” than for my “Rolling Stones” ticket. WTH……
It truly was amazing! Comedy show was a bonus!! (His last show of the tour his wife joins him for the last hour! We got lucky! ) That show ranked in my top 5 concerts for years! I am a bandaide though, Stones have since dropped to #2. Garth without the shitshow is still in the top 10. (Smaller shows rule!) Tedeschi Trucks Band (dethroned the Stones 😉) Jason Isbell, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Ryan Bingham, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Nathaniel Rateliff, Cody Jinks, Eagles, Tab Benoit, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Stapleton, John Mayer, Vince Gill, Anderson East, Shooter Jennings, Grace Potter, Dwight Yoakom, Willie Nelson, Warren Haynes. Leon Bridges,….(a few hair bands! Haha!) Had tickets in both Montana & Texas to see Sturgill Simpson & Tyler Childers. Well,…we all know what happened to “Our World” 😢 Supposed to see Jamey Johnson in 2011. Emergency brain surgery & 3 hospitals later set me back for a spell. Again in 2015 I tried to make Jamey a part of my life. Nope, another hitch in my giddy up! Knee surgery. And yet again in 2016 I tried. This time they operated on both knees, to fix one! (That’s why they call it practicing medicine! 🤣)
I could have crawled!
(It may be lonely at the top, but it’s a BITCH @ the bottom)
January 12, 2015 @ 5:11 am
A while back you questioned the relevance of Garth’s comeback via album sales. He officially went platinum with his latest release, “Man Vs Machine” and you’ve yet to post anything about this achievement, which is pretty remarkable, yet you’re writing about him falling down??? I don’t know, just seems a bit off target in the way of news.
January 12, 2015 @ 10:03 am
The story there is not that Garth Brooks went platinum. The story there is that it took him so long. I honestly thought he had the possibility of going platinum upon debut, and thought he’d at least go gold. Instead it took Christmas sales a premium product placement at Wal-Mart to get it done. I don’t take anything away from Garth for the distinction. I’ve said numerous times that he deserves credit for rallying and pulling the abysmal sales of “Man Against Machine” out from potentially becoming an embarrassment. He’s pretty much being the stand-in host to every American morning show because women are one of the last bastions of album buyers, but I’m not sure we can hang a Mission Accomplished banner until he can get a single into the Top 20.
Look, I want Garth to succeed, and anyone who wants country music to get better should want Garth Brooks to succeed and put aside their hatred. But his comeback so far has been a very mixed bag. I hope he’s learning from some of the mistakes he’s been making.
January 14, 2015 @ 8:09 pm
I think for the fact that Garth hasnt released the strongest singles from Man against machine bows well for him. I think “Shes tried of Boys” has no1 written all over it.
Cold like that should also do well, and what about the George Strait sounding Fish.
Yes theres been mistakes, but the fact that hes on track to have the biggest selling tour in history, and his live show is more than just bells and whistles, theres been great musical moments, Garth’s comeback can be considered a success.
He should rescheduled The Tonight Show and maybe a first letterman appearance.
I think hes very close to having the headline Garth:1 Machine:1
January 13, 2015 @ 12:46 pm
Taking Garth’s sales history into consideration, I hardly think his album going platinum is newsworthy in any way.
January 12, 2015 @ 5:57 am
I don’t know–in that that promo pic, he sure looks young and fit and limber. . .
Bigfoot is Real (and is the choreographer for OK Go!)
January 12, 2015 @ 6:55 am
The problem isn’t that he falls down, the problem is that he gets back up.
And the thunder rolls… no, no it doesn’t. Thats just Garth hitting the stage floor again and again and again.
January 12, 2015 @ 7:04 am
I suppose he feels he needs to live up to his performances of the past with the big production concerts with showy theatrics. He’s not that young or fit anymore. I want to hear him sing not see him run around on the stage, or in this case moving on a conveyor belt and falling, and trying to sing at the same time. Whatever happened to standing on stage and singing? It works for other artists like Alan Jackson and King George.
Waylon Van Smack
January 12, 2015 @ 7:24 am
I can’t stop laughing. Where is the monkey and the organ grinder?
January 12, 2015 @ 7:48 am
Oh, I’m yucking it up all right.
January 12, 2015 @ 9:10 am
I’ll be honest, the best live show I’ve ever seen was Dailey and Vincent, and I’ve been to a lot of shows, but Garth puts on one amazing show too… you know, when he’s not falling over.
TX Music Jim
January 12, 2015 @ 1:39 pm
It’s time to at least ax the conveyor belt and adding an acoustic set would be stellar.
January 12, 2015 @ 1:45 pm
Talented, accomplished entertainers,
people who have put a lot of time and effort into learning how to dance, to sing, to
perform, to entertain,
don’t need those kinds of props to put on a good live show.
There are all kinds of examples of such people.
January 12, 2015 @ 2:04 pm
The video is not longer available due to a copyright claim… because falling is now something that can be copyrighted. 😛
January 14, 2015 @ 8:52 pm
I saw Garth twice in his Vegas shows…just him, a guitar and a stool. He came out and talked to the crowd, played parts of MANY songs of all genres and put on one hell of a show. The second half was taking requests and just “winging it”. I’d much prefer that to a big stadium show with lasers, conveyor belts, flying musicians etc!
January 28, 2015 @ 1:05 pm
That drummer is like Derek Smalls. Just hope he doesn’t get stuck in there like Derek did. As for Garth, he better watch it so he doesn’t break a hip. Old people usually die soon after that.
February 11, 2015 @ 5:57 pm
I knew the Anti-Christ would reappear…
December 3, 2019 @ 3:27 pm
Filed under “Problems George Strait Never Had.”
February 21, 2020 @ 12:57 pm
I guess this CLOWN can’t be satisfied with just singing a goddamn song…he has to have all that techo-crap stage show bullshit…and apparently he’s not real sure how to use it either…I find this shit extremely HILARIOUS. I may just be too old to keep doing what I’ve been doing for the past 50 years. But if they have to scoot me across the stage on a goddamn grocery conveyor…yeah, I’m done….dumbass…