Garth Brooks concert registered as earthquake in Louisiana


The crowd at LSU erupted when Brooks sang a beloved song among Baton Rouge locals.


In the waning hours of Saturday, April 30, the ground beneath Louisianan boots trembled.

Just east of the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, nestled into the Louisiana State University campus, county star Garth Brooks performed a local fan-favorite song at a jam-packed Tiger Stadium.

The crowd’s furor was so strong it registered as a small earthquake, according to the university seismograph.

Fans recorded the deafening song as the stadium sang “Callin’ Baton Rouge” word for word with Brooks, WAFB reported.

“Is somebody at (LSU) running the seismograph for when he plays Callin’ BR, or …” one person asked on Twitter during the concert.

“Actually … yes,” the LSU Twitter account responded, attaching a photo of the seismograph with the recorded earthquake during the song.

Tiger Stadium holds over 102,000 people, according to the university.

The stadium was sold out for Brooks’ concert, according to WAFB.

Brooks’ song “Callin’ Baton Rogue” is a token tune at the university, according to Outsider.

Playing the song is a tradition at LSU football and basketball games and many bars near the campus play it as the night is winding down, Outsider reported.

Brooks shared his gratitude on Twitter after the show. “LSU … tonight was better than my wildest dreams. Love, g.”

“Callin’ Baton Rouge” was written in the late 1970’s by Dennis Rinde and recorded by New Grass Revival in 1989, according to Outsider. Brooks unearthed the song with his bluegrass twist and it hit No. 2 on the county charts, the outlet reported.

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Alison Cutler is a National Real Time Reporter for the Southeast at McClatchy. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and previously worked for The News Leader in Staunton, VA, a branch of USAToday.


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