Video: Garth Brooks pays tribute to Tom Petty at University of Florida stadium show
"The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour" made a stop in The Swamp over the weekend when the Oklahoma native and Country Music Hall of Famer played the University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville Saturday night.
Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, played his impressive list of greatest hits for the sold-out crowd of more than 75,000 fans. But he also paid homage to Gainesville's favorite son during the show, with the help of his wife, fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood.
The Oklahoma State University graduate memorialized the late Tom Petty with a three-song medley that included the head Heartbreaker's classic hits "Refugee," "I Won't Back Down" and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," with Yearwood taking on the part originally sung by Stevie Nicks on the latter.
"I Won't Back Down" was a particularly meaningful selection to the Gator Nation, since the university started playing it before the fourth quarter of football games following Petty's death in 2017.
Brooks is continuing his stadium tour, with a new date announced last week in Eugene, Oregon. The concert will be Saturday, June 29 in Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon. It will be the first time for Brooks to play Eugene and his first time to perform in the state of Oregon in more than four years, according to a news release.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific Time Friday. There will be an eight-ticket limit per purchase. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com/
Tickets will cost $83.70 plus a $3 facility fee, a $1 bond fee and a $7.25 service charge for a total $94.95.
For more information, go to www.garthbrooks.com.