Garth Brooks: Friends In Low Places

Garth Brooks, average guy, pleasant singer and hokey holy terror as a performer, is the surprising new face of pop

Every night is Funny Night.

Here is this unlikely new country superstar, with his acetylene eyes and chipmunk cheeks, stalking the concert stage, acting up, acting crazy, climbing the rigging and blitzing the crowd with bravura. He's part Jolson and part Jagger, pulling stunts that smack more of the Fillmore than the Opry, and the audience hollers for him, feasts on him, lets itself go nuts with him. Nicely nuts. Mannerly nuts. Country nuts.

Here it is, almost a quarter-century later, and Garth Brooks, 30, is still the star of Funny Night, a family ritual from his childhood in Yukon (pop....