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GARTH'S VEGAS RUN
TRISHA YEARWOOD, REBA McENTIRE,
IN SPECIAL PREMIERING NOVEMBER 9
NASHVILLE, TENN. (October 30, 2013) - "It was too good to be true and now looking back on it, it was too good and it was
true," says superstar Garth Brooks of his three-year run of shows
at the Wynn Las Vegas from 2009 to 2012. In Garth Brooks:
Blame It All On My Roots, 5 Decades of Influences
premiering Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m./ET on Great
American Country, Brooks shares exclusive personal videos
and photographs of the remarkable journey that enabled him to
balance family life with his second love, music.
For nearly 10 years, Brooks had been minding his own business
in Oklahoma, taking care of his three daughters and loving the
role of hands-on dad when Las Vegas visionary Steve Wynn
called. "I was fascinated about why he retired early," says
Wynn. After several meetings, a trial run solo performance at the
Wynn Encore Theater ("The greatest sounding venue I've been
in in my life," says Brooks) and the real deal sealer - a private
plane to ensure that Brooks' family routine would run
uninterrupted, Brooks signed on for 15 weekends. The format?
Just Garth and his guitar sharing all of the influences from his
parents, five siblings and friends, and revealing through music
what it was like growing up with strong family bonds.
Brooks offered to dress up a bit for these special concerts but
Wynn disagreed. "There's no other show in Vegas like this,"
Wynn says. "It's got such honesty, such integrity. It's not that you
don't want the band; it's that you don't want to lose the simplicity
of the man and his music. If you have the kind of gift that he has,
it's a crime against nature not to use it."
Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood captured home video of many
of the special moments leading up to his Vegas run: the
christening of their plane which they named Trixie, Brooks' first
time on the Encore stage and light-hearted moments between the two in the dressing room.
"The special is a perfect representation of where I am in my life
right now," says Brooks. "I believe it accurately paints the 'frantic' lifestyle our house is in right now. We have everyone going every different direction and somehow, it all makes sense."
As you've never seen him before!
LIVE on CBS - November 29th, 9/8c
Final Performance of Brooks' Critically Acclaimed One-Man Show
Oct. 28, 2013
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, Friday, November 29 (9:00 - 11:00 PM LIVE ET/ delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This television concert event will feature Brooks' 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.
"GARTH BROOKS, LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS" will feature Brooks in a very intimate setting, playing his guitar as he takes the audience through the musical journey that led him to become the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history. He 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 & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Otis Redding, Bob Seger, George Strait and many, many, more. Throughout the show, Garth will perform some of their classic songs and show you how they influenced his greatest hits.
"Blame it all on my roots," said Brooks, "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."
"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, Executive Vice President, Specials & Events. "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."