An Earthquake in Louisiana? Yep…Thanks to Garth Brooks…Seriously [VIDEO]
I have felt one earthquake in my time here on Earth, and I should have felt two...but I was asleep.
I was a child playing with friends in our front yard when I felt the earth move under my feet (hat tip to Carole King). I was a grown man when I slept right through one that registered greater than 5 on the Richter scale. That was back in the late 2000s.
TRI-STATE EARTHQUAKES -- THE ONE THAT 'GOT AWAY'
I was doing a live broadcast at the grand re-opening of Roberts Stadium on the same day in 1990--December 3rd--that Iben Browning predicted a massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault would all but wipe us out. SPOILER ALERT: Didn't happen.
Good thing, too, since I was UNDER Roberts Stadium in the backstage area.
GARTH TRANSFORMS 'CALLIN' BATON ROUGE' INTO 'SHAKIN' BATON ROUGE'
But I'm gathering that I WOULD have experienced a quake Saturday night, April 30th, had I been near Tiger Stadium on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge.
Naturally, the country superstar performed "Callin' Baton Rouge''--one of my personal favorites; I would have been losing my mind right along with the rest of the fans--and during that performance, a quick-thinking professor recorded activity on a seismograph he'd set up just for that concert.
His instincts were correct. The raucous fans made the earth move...right under their feet.
WDSU-New Orleans says this sort of thing hasn't happened since a 1988 LSU-Alabama game. THAT is completely understandable.
And, honestly, the Garth-quake is, too.
THE 'GARTH-QUAKE' SHOULD SURPRISE NO ONE
The first time I saw Garth Brooks in concert was in 1992 at Freedom Hall. It was exciting and the crowd was wild, yes, but peak "Garth fever" really didn't settle in for another year. And by the time he got to Roberts Stadium in 1994, it had graduated into a PHENOMENON.
My sister and I were sitting there watching the excitement roll across the sold-out arena. It was palpable and unlike anything I'd ever seen or felt. And when he came out on stage, people were screaming and rushing the stage just to touch him. No one was hurt, thankfully.
Yes, I've seen what Garth can do to a crowd, and you probably have, too. And now I've what he can do to the actual EARTH.
Callin' Baton Rouge? Someone organize a seance and call Iben Browning and tell him we found his earthquake.