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Garth Brooks to perform at Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium this summer

It will be the first single-act concert in the stadium since U2 a decade ago.

Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune Garth Brooks performs the first of four shows at the renamed Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, for the first time in 17 years since his last visit to Utah.

Country superstar Garth Brooks will bring his stadium tour to Utah in July — the first major music act to headline at Rice-Eccles Stadium in a decade.

Brooks will perform in the round at the stadium on the University of Utah campus, on July 17. Tickets are $94.95 each, all-inclusive, and go on sale Thursday, May 6, at 10 a.m., via Ticketmaster (online at ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks, through the Ticketmaster app, or by calling 1-877-654-2784).

COVID-19 rules will be in place, promoters say.

The show will be the first single-act concert at Rice-Eccles Stadium since May 24, 2011, when the Irish rock band U2 performed there for its “360” tour. (The octopus-like lighting rig for U2′s tour now terrifies interstate drivers from its new home in front of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper.)

Brooks — a seven-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year — has been packing arenas and stadiums for decades, since his 1989 self-titled debut album. He’s the only recording artist to have nine albums certified “diamond” sellers by the Recording Industry Association of America — meaning each has sold at least 10 million copies (or 10 times “platinum”).

Those albums spawned such hits as “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” “Friends in Low Places,” “The Thunder Rolls,” “Shameless,” “Ain’t Goin’ Down (’Til the Sun Comes Up),” “She’s Every Woman” and more. Brooks released two albums in November: A studio album, “Fun,” and a live album, “Triple Live Deluxe.” He also sang “Amazing Grace” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January.

Brooks has been on his current stadium tour since March 2019, with a sizable break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, he recorded two TV specials with his wife, country star Trisha Yearwood.

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