Ned LeDoux and Garth Brooks put on an incredible show tonight to a sold out crowd at Cheyenne Frontier Days 125th anniversary, as they honored Ned’s late father Chris LeDoux. Twenty five years ago Chris and Garth shared the same stage.
Ned LeDoux opened the concert by performing some of his own hits and later on he played a lot of his father’s hits like “Copenhagen,” “This Cowboy’s Hat,” and “Underneath this Western Sky.” When Ned sang the line, “I want to be buried underneath this Western Sky,” he pointed down to the rodeo arena where he and his family had spread his father’s ashes several years ago.
When Ned sings he really sounds a lot like his father. It’s hard to tell sometimes if it’s really him, or his dad, Chris, which is incredible. How fortunate are country fans and fans of Chris LeDoux that his legend lives on with his son. Ned got a standing ovation after his last song. And the stage was set for Garth.
When the vehicle that Garth was in, drove up to the stage, the crowd went wild. Garth opened the show with “Beaches of Cheyenne,” and he played hit after hit. He mentioned that “Calling Baton Rouge” is one of his favorite hits to play as the fiddle player started performing its opening melody. He performed “The River,” and people started turning on the lights on their cell phones and he encouraged them by yelling, “Yeah, light ‘em up!” Everyone sang along with Garth and in that moment the world seemed like it was in perfect harmony.
Next Garth talked about his band member, friend and college roommate, Ty England, who he said taught him how to play the guitar. And Ty proceeded to play the first few chords of “Friends in Low Places.” Garth said his favorite version of “Friends in Low Places” is the live version and having everyone in the crowd sing the words of his song back to him, which they did. He introduced all of his band members and vocalists during the concert.
After getting a standing ovation, Garth told the audience that he compared tonight’s concert as being one of the top highlights of his career, which included being honored at the Grand Ole Opry, performing at the 100th anniversary of the Daddy of ‘Em All 25 years ago with his friend Chris LeDoux, and tonight performing that same song, “Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy,” with Ned and that 2021 topped it all.
Near the end of the show Ned honored Garth with a statue of Chris, “Just LeDoux It,” that Ned said was a gift from his family to Garth. And Garth knelt near the statue when he finished his song, “Good Ride Cowboy.” Garth wrote that song for Chris after Chris passed away from cancer in 2005.
Garth played three encore songs including “Amarillo by Morning” by George Strait and Garth’s new song, “That’s What Cowboys Do,” that he said he normally wouldn’t do because when he goes to concerts he wants to hear everyone’s hits and not their new songs. But the crowd loved it. Ironically it was playing on my Sirius XM Garth Channel radio as I drove out of the stadium with my friend Katie Capron who took the below picture in my car while I was driving.