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Garth Brooks announces 2 new Atlanta concert dates after meeting with Ticketmaster

by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 12, 2014
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Garth Brooks performs during Jay Leno's final episode of "The Tonight Show," Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Burbank, Calif. (NBC photo)
Garth Brooks performs during Jay Leno's final episode of "The Tonight Show," Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Burbank, Calif. (NBC photo)

After meeting with Ticketmaster, Oklahoma country music supertar Garth Brooks has announced two new concert dates for Atlanta.

The shows will be at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, according to a news release issued this afternoon.

“I couldn’t ask for a better partner. Ticketmaster’s scalper screening system is a wonderful idea … with that said, all I saw were tickets on every scalping site and the people that just wanted to come to the show could not get in. The folks at Ticketmaster were totally devoted to achieving our mutual goal … that the on sale this Saturday runs faster and creates an easier process for people who want to come to the show,” said Brooks in the release.

Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Eastern this Saturday. There will be a six-ticket limit per purchase. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or via Ticketmaster Express at (866) 448-7849. Please note there will be no sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on the sale date.

Tickets will cost $56.94 plus $4.56 tax, a $4 facility fee and a $6 service charge, totaling $71.50.

Brooks publicist issued a statement Monday that the Tulsa native would be meeting with Ticketmaster folks after fans encountered difficulties last weekend with the Atlanta on-sale.

According to TasteofCountry.com, tickets for the legend’s Sept. 19 and Sept. 20 shows in Atlanta went on sale Friday morning and, as expected, sold out quickly. But when tickets for a third concert went on sale shortly thereafter, fans ran into trouble in trying to purchase, as the website failed. Sales were suspended as a result.

OnlineAthens.com reports that Brooks called into country station Kicks 101.5 in Atlanta and said that his tour had the same problem in Chicago, but that it “reared its head with Atlanta.”

“Ticketmaster will figure this out and tell me,” Brooks said. “Tell (the fans) for me that I love them to pieces. … I don’t feel like we were prepared.”

According to Brooks, some people still had not gotten tickets through Ticketmaster.com two hours after the tickets went on sale.

“I say we need to take a break and regroup because if we get a second shot we can’t … mess that up,” Brooks said.

“The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood” now numbers 10 dates in two cities. As previously reported, Brooks’ long-awaited comeback tour will launch at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Subsequent dates in Chicago are at 6 p.m. Sept. 5, 6 and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 6 and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 12, 6 and 10:30 p.m. Sept.13 and 7:30 pm. Sept. 14 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

The first stop on “The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood” shattered the Oklahoma country music superstar’s previous record for ticket sales in a single city in North America, according to a news release. Previously, the record was 162,822 tickets sold for the Target Center in Minneapolis from Oct. 6-14, 1998. Ticket sales for the opening Chicago dates on Brooks’ long-awaited comeback have officially surpassed that and are continuing to sell.

Now, the tour will include five Atlanta shows: 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Philips Arena.

For more information, go to www.garthbrooks.com.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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