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Garth Brooks live concert special to air Nov. 29 on CBS

by Brandy McDonnell Published: October 28, 2013
Garth Brooks performs during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert, benefiting victims of the May tornadoes, at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Archive
Garth Brooks performs during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert, benefiting victims of the May tornadoes, at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, July 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Archive

Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks will perform a rare live broadcast concert special, “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas,” from the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 on the CBS Television Network.

This television concert event will feature the Owasso resident’s final performance of his critically acclaimed, one-man show at the Wynn Las Vegas, which has played to sold-out audiences for the past three years, according to a news release from the network.

“Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas” will feature the Tulsa native in an intimate setting, playing his guitar as he takes the audience through the musical journey that led him to become the No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history. The Yukon-bred singer will share his experiences listening to different musicians throughout his life, starting with the music of Merle Haggard and George Jones. Then, other musicians who influenced him like Simon & Garfunkle, James Taylor, Otis Redding, Bob Seger, George Strait and many, many, more. Throughout the show, Brooks, 51, will perform some of their classic songs and show you how they influenced his greatest hits.

“Blame it all on my roots,” said Brooks in the release, “This is the soundtrack of my life. Growing up the last of six kids, music was the life blood of our family and as you can imagine, mom, dad, and each kid had his or her own favorite stuff and it all funneled down to me.”

 As previously reported, fans signed up for Brooks’ email newsletter received a mysterious ““first message from garth” 10 days ago that read

The sevens have aligned. It has begun…

Thank you for believing…love, g

Fans received a follow-up email today with the subject line “Garth Brooks – As You’ve Never Seen Him Before!” and links to the CBS special news release.

“We’re thrilled whenever we get the opportunity to create a television event with an amazing live performer, and there is no one better than Garth Brooks,” said Jack Sussman, CBS’ Executive Vice President, Specials & Events, in the release. “Garth will give the audience a rare opportunity to not only hear his classic hits, but also the music that became the soundtrack of his life and how those influences from the country, rock and pop worlds set him on the road to become the biggest selling solo artist in history.”

In 2009, Brooks announced that he was out of retirement and entered a multi-year “relationship” with Las Vegas resort developer Steve Wynn for performances at his Encore Theatre at the Wynn Las Vegas. The show has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “genius,” by EW.com as an “absolute revelation,” and Oprah Winfrey deemed it the “hottest ticket.”

Brooks’ illustrious career includes selling in excess of 128 million albums, being certified by the RIAA in 2001 as the No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, The International Songwriters Hall of Fame and winning two Grammy Awards, 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 10 People’s Choice Awards and 24 Billboard Music Awards, among many others.

Brooks retired from entertainment in 2001 to raise his children. In 2008, he was invited by President Obama to perform at his Inaugural Celebration at Lincoln Memorial. Later that year, the governor of California invited Brooks to perform benefit concerts to help the state. The Oklahoma State University alumnus performed five concerts in two days, one of which was televised for CBS, to raise donations to prevent fire catastrophes.

In December 2010, Brooks and his wife, fellow country star Trisha Yearwood, 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.” In January 2012, he was named the best-selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and Soundscan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales.

Most recently, Brooks and Yearwood performed in July at Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The star-studded benefit concert raised about $2 million for the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

-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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