KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) An international audience joined a Kansas City crowd as Garth Brooks
played the final show of the concert series that ended his nine-year touring hiatus.
The show was simulcast to fans in movie theaters across North America and Europe on Wednesday. The 45-year-old country singer had retired from touring to be a stay-at-home dad.
As he had done for the other eight Kansas City shows, Brooks
opened by rising from a hole in the stage while playing ``The Fever.'' But he appeared stiff during the first 90 minutes of his performance as he played a string of hits that included ``Friends in Low Places'' and ``The Dance,'' wrote Timothy Finn, a reviewer for The Kansas City Star. Brooks
then told fans the simulcast had ended and promised the rest of the night was for them.
``Instantly, his mood changed and so did theirs,'' wrote Finn.
The next 45 minutes included Brooks
singing ``That Summer,'' ``Much Too Young (To Feel This Damned Old)'' and ``Two Pina Coladas.'' He also offered a solo acoustic medley of songs from James Taylor, Bob Seger and George Strait.
The crowd joined in as Brooks
closed with ``American Pie.''