After performing what was billed as his last one-man Las Vegas show for a CBS TV special Friday, Oklahoma country music megastar Garth Brooks will start the new year with two nights of full-band shows in Sin City.
After more than four years of sold-out just-Garth-and-his-guitar shows inside the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas and a top-rated live television concert event over Thanksgiving weekend, Wynn Las Vegas announced today what it’s calling “a Garth Brooks show like Las Vegas has never seen.” “Garth Brooks: The Man, His Band and His Music” is set for 7 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4.
“I’ve been itching for the chance to bring my band to Vegas to play this room,” said Brooks in the news release. “I can’t wait. Steve Wynn told me I could use the theater anytime. I asked him when I could start and his response was, ‘How about New Year’s Eve?’”
While the Owasso resident’s critically acclaimed one-man shows at Wynn Las Vegas focused on the musical influences that Brooks credits for developing his groundbreaking sound, the New Year’s Eve weekend shows will consist of the country music legend’s own repertoire of chart-topping songs accompanied by his full band, according to the release.
The Yukon-bred superstar’s relationship with Wynn Las Vegas began in 2009 when he announced that he was coming out of retirement to enter a multi-year engagement inside the Encore Theatre at Wynn Las Vegas. The show has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “genius,” by EW.com as an “absolute revelation” and by Oprah Winfrey as the “hottest ticket.”
On Black Friday, Brooks starred in the CBS concert special “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas,” which was viewed by 8.7 million people nationwide. If you missed Friday’s TV special, click here to view the full video.
Friday’s TV special coincided with the exclusive-to-Walmart release of his new eight-disc box set “Blame It All on My Roots,” inspired by his one-man Vegas show and including a DVD of one of those Sin City performances. To read my box set review, click here.
“I don’t know if this will happen again,” Brooks said in the news release. “So, I am taking Mr. Wynn up on his offer. Will there be something else down the road? Who knows! I’m just going to enjoy getting to turn it up in Las Vegas and play with the band again.”
Backstage at the July 6 OK Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Oklahoma State University graduate said he was excited to get to play full songs with a full band after years of playing solo acoustic shows.
“I think what I like best is getting to play music. I haven’t got to play music in a hundred years. We’ve been joking, but it’s not a joke. In Vegas, if you guys have seen the show in Vegas, we cover 82 songs in Vegas in a show, but they’re all little snippets. I’m not sure I remember all the lyrics to our stuff, you know, ‘cause we haven’t done it in 100 years,” said Brooks, whose “Blame It All on My Roots: Live at the Wynn” DVD features him covering pieces of 36 songs in just two hours.
Tickets for “Garth Brooks: The Man, His Band and His Music” at the Wynn Las Vegas go on sale at noon Central Time (10 a.m. Pacific) Friday for $200 per ticket (not inclusive of taxes and fees). For tickets or information, go to www.wynnlasvegas.com, www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000.
About Garth Brooks
Certified by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2000 as the No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums and has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.
In 2001, the Tulsa native retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008, Barack Obama requested that Brooks headline President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. A crowd of more than 300,000 did the “wave” to Brooks’ performance of “Shout” while the president sang along. That same year the governor of California asked the Oklahoman to help the State. Brooks performed five concerts in two days with the proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, “Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.” allowing viewers to donate as well.
In December 2010, he finished an astonishing nine sold out concerts in six days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC “World News Tonight” declared Brooks “The Person of the Week” and the mayor of Nashville announced that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the more than 145,000 who attended the concerts.
In January 2012, Brooks was named the best selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and Soundscan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales. Brooks also sold out his recent appearance at the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The more than 15,000 seats sold out in less than a minute.
Brooks was recently inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Performing for his induction were his heroes George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger.