GARTH BROOKS IS STILL THE ULTIMATE:
Weekly Artist Newsflash Posted: October 7, 2007
After 9 years in retirement Garth Brooks has tied his own personal record for selling the highest number of tickets in any city in North America. This was accomplished in 1 hour and 58 minutes. Tickets went on sale at the Sprint Center, Kansas City this morning, 10:00 AM CT for a single show. That show was originally planned as a thank you concert for Wal-Mart which then turned into a show for the public as well, when AEG offered the
Sprint Center. The demand was so great that, as promised, Garth added first one more show, then another and another until obligations prevented him from adding more. Nine shows in total were sold. When asked to comment, Garth Brooks said "For the first time in my life I'm speechless." "The incredible demand from the most loyal fans in the world made today's sale of tickets for Garth Brooks upcoming concerts at Sprint Center unprecedented," said Brenda Tinnen, General Manager Sprint Center. "The people of Kansas City, Sprint Center and AEG owe Garth a tremendous debt of gratitude not for only choosing us, but also for extending his engagement to 9 shows." Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Hits goes on sale November 6th.
One Garth Brooks show turns into nine; all sell out
BY DION LEFLER
The Wichita Eagle
Garth Brooks' show Nov. 14 in Kansas City was promoted as "one artist, one city, one time."
Make that two artists, one city, nine times.
And there still weren't enough tickets to go around.
With ticket outlets, online sales and telephone lines deluged by Brooks fans, promoters on Saturday added eight shows -- from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12 -- to the schedule for the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
The tickets for the first concert went on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.
By 11:30 a.m., every ticket to all nine concerts -- in an arena seating 18,000-plus -- had been sold.
Brooks will perform with "very special guest" Trisha Yearwood.
Trisha Yearwood Will Open Garth Brooks' Concerts
Trisha Yearwood will be the special guest at Garth Brooks' concerts next month in Kansas City, she confirmed Monday (Oct. 8) during an interview with CMT .com and CMT Radio. Yearwood, who is married to Brooks, said they made the decision on if Saturday (Oct. 6) during the ticket-selling frenzy that resulted in nine sold-out shows at the new Sprint Center.
"I've never been involved in anything like it," Yearwood said. "Garth was actually cooking breakfast for everybody, and the cell phone was on speaker. I've never seen anything like this before, where you're thinking, 'It'll be one show, and if it's two, then I'll be really lucky.' The first show sells out in four minutes, and you're hearing them say, 'OK, we're going for another show!' It's like Wall Street, like, 'Sell it now! Put it on! Put it on right now! Here we go!' It was amazing, and they just kept going and kept going and kept going."
Yearwood will release a new album, Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love , on Nov. 13, so she had already told Brooks she couldn't be a part of the concerts, due to a full promotional schedule. However, after getting caught up in the excitement, she changed her mind.
"I was sitting there and thinking, 'I want to be a part of this,'" she explained. "I basically said, after these nine shows sold out in less than two hours, 'Why wouldn't I want to sing for 150,000 people -- and get to be with my husband every night?' So I said yes.
"And then I had to call my manager and say, 'Look, we have to find a way to do everything we're doing for street week and do this.' We're going to be able to do it all, but I'm going to be really tired when it's over. There may be one or two of those nine that I can't do, but I feel like I'm going to be able to do all nine of them, so I am really excited."
This isn't the first time Yearwood has opened a series of concerts for Brooks. In 1991, she toured with him to support her self-titled debut album and her first single, "She's in Love With the Boy." Her additional performance dates this year include a fundraiser in New York City on Wednesday (Oct. 10) with Vince Gill, Patty Griffin and Jewel to support the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as a concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Nov. 3.