Garth Brooks cancelled his scheduled stadium concert events for 2021 due to the surge in COVID-19 cases earlier this week, but has unveiled plans to return to the road in the fall playing dive bars. Brooks provided details on his ‘Inside Studio G’ Facebook Live series, and said the ‘dive bar’ shows will require all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Said Brooks: “This fall, dive bars. Because you can fully vaccinate dive bars. People have got to have their card to even get in. The only way to get in through dive bars [is] country radio, your local country station.” Regarding his recent decision to cancel the Stadium Tour, Brooks said, “It boils down to one thing: it was the right decision to make, even though it was not my favorite decision.”

Brooks added about the dive tour: “I’m vaccinated, 100% vaccinated. Everybody on the freakin’ tour, vaccinated,” however, “I cannot make you get vaccinated. Until it becomes a law, it is a choice. And people, when things are a choice, you have to understand and respect that we’re all going to make our own choices.”

Brooks has previously played venues on the ‘dive bar’ jaunt such as Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California, and Chicago’s Joe’s on Weed Street.  As Brooks noted during his livestream, tickets are only made available from local radio stations when the dive bar shows are announced.

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