Since he entered semiretirement in 2001, Oklahoma megastar Garth Brooks has occasionally caused a media frenzy around a burst of musical activity.
The Owasso native recently has been on one of those media blitzes in conjunction with his Thanksgiving release of his new box set “Blame It All on My Roots” (see my review here) and his Black Friday TV special “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas,” which, as previously reported, chronicled his last one-man show at the Wynn Las Vegas that was viewed by 8.7 million people nationwide.
Prior to his Black Friday show, the Yukon-bred singer/songwriter made a number of media appearances, including a visit to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” where he talked about the reasons for his semiretirement (his three daughters), thrilled the audience with a sampling of his Vegas acoustic repertoire and gushed his almost eight-year marriage to Trisha Yearwood. (They will celebrate their wedding anniversary next Tuesday.)
After more than four years of sold-out just-Garth-and-his-guitar shows inside the Encore Theater, the Wynn Las Vegas announced earlier this week 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 Oklahoma State University graduate’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 announcement seems to have led to another media blitz for Brooks: His publicist has confirmed for me that the country superstar will appear Monday on “Good Morning America,” “The View” and “The Talk.”
“Good Morning America” airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on ABC, and “The View” airs at 10 a.m. on ABC. “The Talk” is broadcast at 1 p.m. on CBS. Set your DVR accordingly.