Trisha Yearwood Lights Up Allstate Arena on First Night of World Tour

September 5, 2014 8:29 PM

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Trisha Yearwood Lights Up Allstate Arena on First Night of World Tour

A few hours before the kickoff of his world tour on September 4, Garth Brooks gushed about his wife and tour mate, Trisha Yearwood, in a pre-show press conference. Brooks swore his band members "stand up a little taller" when she walks onstage to sing, and that her presence on the Garth Brooks World Tour bill "raises the bar" for everyone involved. After tonight's performance, it is clear Brooks' praise was justified: the three-time GRAMMY Award winner electrified the audience of 16,000 in Chicago, moving many to tears.

Brooks said on Thursday that Yearwood is joining him on the road in part because, "I can't stand to spend a day without her." That chemistry was visible onstage, beginning with the couple's emotional performance of their 1997 hit single "In Another's Eyes," mirroring Yearwood's cameos during Brooks'...

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