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See photos of Garth Brooks’ return to Salt Lake City

(Isaac Hale | Special to The Tribune) Garth Brooks performs with his band during a stop on their stadium tour held at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

More than 50,000 fans packed Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday night for the red-hot Garth Brooks concert, his first visit since 2015.

Because of the heat — it was still in the mid-90s at 8 p.m. — there was no opening act. Brooks took the stage at about 9 p.m., shortly before the sun set, and barrelled through a two-hour set that brought the fans to their feet time and time again.

The concert sold out just 30 minutes after tickets went on sale — the fastest that’s ever happened with a Ticketmaster event.

And it might not be the last Utah sees of Brooks. During Saturday’s concert, he told fans he’d like to return to Rice-Eccles in 2022.

(Isaac Hale | Special to The Tribune) Garth Brooks performs with his band during a stop on their stadium tour held at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

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