Garth Brooks addresses recent shootings, dedicates song to Dallas during concert in New York

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Garth Brooks performs at Yankee Stadium on July 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Garth Brooks performs at Yankee Stadium on July 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 08: Garth Brooks performs at Yankee Stadium on July 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Garth Brooks’ two-night performance at Yankee Stadium in New York City kicked off Friday night, marking his first time returning to the region in 19 years.

But his performance came just one day after four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officer were fatally shot at a protest downtown. And Brooks made sure to take a moment to address the events in Dallas and the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Brooks paused midway though his performance and said people had been asking him for a statement regarding the shooting.

“We have the same statement [as for] what happened in Orlando down in Florida, or what happened over in Paris at a concert,” he said. “People, we’ve got to love one another. That’s what it’s all about. That’s our only hope.”

Then, he performed and dedicated his 2014 hit “People Loving People” to the city.


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