Garth Brooks plays free show at Ascend Amphitheater

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Winning a free tickets to the Garth Brooks concert at Ascend Amphitheater was a dream come true for some of the fans News 2 met on Monday.

The country super star performed at Ascend Amphitheater at 7 p.m. to celebrate both becoming the Tennessee Goodwill Ambassador and the first artist in history to earn seven Diamond certifications in the recording industry.

One group of women News 2 spoke to said they became friends after meeting at various Garth Brooks concerts across the country.

They were all so excited to win tickets to the free show and meet up in Nashville.

“I was doing the happy dance because I’ve been following him since 1989,” said fan Jill Franklin.

Franklin told News 2 she credits the country music superstar for saving her life.

“I was thinking about suicide and he came on the radio and said suicide is not the answer and that stopped me from thinking about it and I’ve never thought about it sense, “said Franklin.

Fan Terry Nolan told News 2 she credits Garth Brooks for her marriage. His song “Anonymous” gave her the courage to express her feelings.

Reba McEntire and Chris Young (Photo: WKRN)
Reba McEntire and Chris Young (Photo: WKRN)

“It’s a song that anyone has ever had a crush on someone but been too afraid to tell them can relate to,” said Nolan.

The free concert was a celebration of Brooks and his relationship with the state of Tennessee. He achieved something no one in music history has ever done.

His Diamond certification mean seven of his albums have sold more than 10 million copies–and all of those albums were made here in Tennessee.

Reba McEntire and Chris Young joined Brooks on the stage to kick off the show. McEntire sang “Not Counting You” while Brooks and Young sand “The River.”

Kelly Clarkson also took the stage Monday night to sing “We Shall Be Free,” while Brooks’ wife Trisha Yearwood sang a duet with her husband for “In Another’s Eyes.”

Large TV displays were also set up on the riverfront in downtown Nashville for everyone else who didn’t win tickets to the show in Ascend.

“The list of thank-you’s is unbelievable, starting with God and my parents, of course,” Brooks told the crowd. “Even the people that walk before you. This doesn’t happen without Haggard, Jones. It doesn’t happen without Buck Owens, Keith Whitley. And I tell you what, all of country music doesn’t happen without Randy Travis. I can tell you that right now.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam presented Brooks with a belt buckle to honor the achievement. The buckle has seven diamonds and lists the names of all seven albums that achieved diamond status.