"Size matters," Garth Brooks proclaimed Tuesday morning while his car inched its way through rush-hour traffic in the Bronx. Up ahead lay Yankee Stadium, the sprawling ballpark that will host Brooks' next New York City performance — his first gig in the Big Apple since August 1997, when he drew more than 750,000 people to a show in Central Park. His July 9th Yankee Stadium gig adds to the tally of more than 240 shows on the superstar's mammoth World Tour with wife Trisha Yearwood.
Brooks discussed ticket sales and other logistics during a press conference later that day, but he dished out more updates during his early-morning car ride. Broadcasting from his own backseat via Facebook Live, the singer announced an upcoming video series called Inside Studio G, which will expand the behind-the-scenes coverage that his current series, Opening Night Live, already offers. [Watch below.] The last installment of Opening Night Live will apparently coincide with the July 9th New York show, followed days later by the kickoff episode of Inside Studio G.
Like its name suggests, Studio G will focus on the recording studio, where Brooks is slated to spend much of the summer and fall working on his follow-up to Man Against Machine. "You're going to see the new album be created and you're going to be part of it," he tells his fans in the Facebook video below, promising an insiders-only look at songwriting collaborations and recording sessions. Once notoriously absent from platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Brooks now insists those outlets are an opportunity to break down the barriers separating the singer from his audience.
"That's what this should be used for," he says, drawing a circle around the camera lens to indicate the wide world of social media. "Finally, people that make an artist an artist get to come be with that artist and create. It's gonna be good."