Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood took the stage for the first ever concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The night included nearly 80,000 fans, a former President, but some major hiccups for the new stadium, too.
The first show at the new stadium featured Brooks at the top of his game, but the same couldn't be said for the stadium's sound. Many people took to Twitter to complain about audio issues.
Sound is terrible on level 3. We cannot understand a word!— Darlene Hayes (@marvwick) October 13, 2017
People at the concert said they heard a loud screeching and a bad echo. Viewers said some concert-goers decided to leave early. Some were asking for refunds.
A Mercedes-Benz Stadium spokesperson sent the following statement:
Garth Brooks played the first concert tonight at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and it was a spectacular show that tens of thousands enjoyed. We have heard some fan concerns about sound quality in certain sections of the upper concourse and sound engineers are looking into that now. We do know that a breaker was tripped that powered speakers in the parts of the upper level for a small amount of time and was resolved.
On Friday, officials told Channel 2's Dave Huddleston that there will be "no refunds" issued to upset concertgoers.
In most cities, Brooks and Yearwood play multiple shows on multiple nights, but this trip to Atlanta was a one-night, one-show appearance for the duo.
When Brooks got the call several months ago about opening Mercedes-Benz, it didn't take long to decide.
Brooks made that promise at the press conference a few hours before the show. At about 8:30 p.m., he opened the show with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."
Brooks played "Unanswered Prayers," "That Summer," "Thunder Rolls," and several other songs before Yearwood took the stage. The duo took to the mic together for "In Another's Eyes" before Yearwood belted out "American Girl," How Do I Live Without You" and "Prizefighter."
For Yearwood, it was a homecoming of sorts, she grew up in Monticello and has spent plenty of time in Atlanta through the years.
Following "Prizefighter,", to honor Yearwood's Georgia roots, former President Jimmy Carter made an appearance at the concert. Carter, 92, came out on stage shortly after 10 p.m.
Carter presented Yearwood with a proclamation for all of her support of Georgia over the years and her support of Habitat for Humanity.
Following Carter's visit, Yearwood sang "Georgia On My Mind" before Brooks joined her back on stage for "She's In Love With the Boy."
Brooks came back with "Callin' Baton Rouge," "Friends in Low Places" and "The Dance" before temporarily exiting the stage before the encore.
Brooks also announced at the press conference that he's got an anthology coming out later this year. Part 1, The First Five Years, is a detailed look at the first five years of his career, told by Brooks and those involved with the creating, recording, and promotion of the first five albums. Brooks has packaged five CDs inside the first book he has ever written.
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