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Garth Brooks starts Dive Bar Tour in Chicago with a jukebox full of hits

CHICAGO - It may not be the Oasis, but Joe's on Weed Street was an acceptable stand-in as country superstar Garth Brooks began his seven-stop "Dive Bar Tour" there Monday night and proved that he has friends in small places, too.

Backed by most of the band he brings to stadium shows - six bandmates, but no backup singers - Brooks fist-pumped, finger-pointed and humbly hat-doffed his way through a honky-tonk jukebox worth of old hits, one new single (twice) and some touching homages to country legends in a show that lasted a surprisingly generous 100 minutes at the North Side Chicago club.

Maybe it wasn't the Rolling Stones

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