225’s June 2022 issue is on stands now

Garth Brooks never considered himself a “cool kid.” As the best-selling artist in the U.S.—and with countless awards and broken records to his name—that may be hard to believe. But it’s true. He’s still in disbelief that younger generations look up to him like he looked up to Merle Haggard and Hank Williams. He finds it hard to put himself in a category with these country greats.

Still, for a guy who has played for thousands of people across the world, you’d think by now he’d consider himself a seasoned pro. On the eve of his Tiger Stadium debut, though, he’s a little nervous. He’s afraid of disappointing the crowd.

“You don’t win until you play the game,” he says the day before the big show. “The last thing I want to do is come out and disappoint 100,000 people. So my job is to keep that from happening all night.”

In fact, 102,000 tickets were claimed for this sold-out stop on the Garth Brooks Stadium Tour. LSU hosted the second-largest stadium show in the United States. No pressure, right? Nervous or not, the historic significance of this show had Brooks fired up when we interviewed him for this month’s cover story. You’ll find the details of our conversation with Brooks in this month’s issue of 225, now on print and digital newwstands.

Also in the issue, you’ll find a guide to the newest restaurant patios in town; our preview of Baton Rouge Pride Month; a look at an inclusive cheerleading academy and so much more. Flip through the issue below, or find it on newsstands around the Capital Region.