In 1994, Garth Brooks endured one of the most awkward and uncomfortable interviews of his career. The singer was in the UK on his world tour and doing a number of media appearances to promote the concerts.
It was during those interviews that Brooks was seemingly mocked for being a country singer. On London Tonight the news personality introduced their interview with the star by saying, “Howdy partners, I’ve gone on down to Wembley Arena to interview a top-selling, rooting tooting, cotton picking, Country and Western star, yeeha!”
But, it was Garth’s appearance on the nationally broadcast Big Breakfast show that became the most talked about interview of the tour as he was mocked and humiliated by hosts Chris Evans and Paula Yates, with Evans commenting, “He’s selling more records than anyone in the world, but none of us have ever heard of him.”
Yates did her best impersonation of a country singer and told Garth that “Country singers always seem to be weeping over the dead dog and things,” adding, “I thought you’d come in here and twiddle your pistol around and be impressed.”
Garth was obviously uncomfortable throughout the interview, but maintained his composure and was somehow polite to Yates and Evans.
Regardless of his cold British media reception, the fans came out in droves to support Brooks who managed to sell out nearly every European concert on the tour.
In a radio interview with British Country disc jockey John Wellington, Brooks was quoted as saying, “Yeah I was shocked at the reaction I got from the crowd in London. From the media attention I got, I thought country music didn’t exist here, but Country music is alive and well in London, as well as all of England.”
Brooks returned in 1996 for more sell out concerts, although this time his media appearances were mostly restricted to country radio and interviews with magazines.
Watch part of Garth Brooks’ appearance on the Big Breakfast show below.