Over 1.09 million fans from around the world joined Garth Brooks to celebrate the 25th anniversary of GARTH: LIVE FROM CENTRAL PARK, exclusively on talkshoplive® on August 7. That's more than the New York City Fire Department estimate of 980,000 in attendance at Brooks's history-making concert in the park on August 7, 1997.
Brooks went live from Studio G in Nashville during this one-time-only talkshoplive® event to cut in and intersperse live commentary as he highlighted some of his favorite moments, including guest appearances from Billy Joel and Don McLean, from his 1997 historic musical event. The HBO special was the most-watched special on cable television in 1997, drawing 14.6 million television viewers. It was also nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
Brooks talked about what he saw and felt during the concert. “The crazy thing about celebrating Central Park 25 years later – estimated crowd from 850-thousand to 1.2-million people – we re-air 25 years later, and it’s not estimated! There’s the number right there – 1.1-million people tuning in to see this thing! How crazy is that?? I love it!! It just tells me a good thing never dies.”
The live chat during the event was filled with comments from viewers, many of whom had attended the concert in 1997 and saw themselves in the crowd shots.
On Monday, August 1, Garth Brooks joined SiriusXM The Highway's Storme Warren live from Garth's studio on talkshoplive® for the release party of The Anthology, Part II: The Next Five Years. Brooks shared some of the stories that are included in The Anthology, Part II, highlighting special moments from the concert in Central Park.
In The Anthology, Part II,
Brooks picks up where he left off in The Anthology, Part I: The First Five Years
, telling his story in his own words and offering fascinating insights to the music industry, his career, and personal life from 1996-2001. It also takes an in-depth look at the stories behind the songs and Garth’s recording sessions for Fresh Horses, Sevens, The Limited Series, Double Live
, and Scarecrow.
Completing the anthology
is a 6-disc set of musical highlights from albums released during that time, plus two previously unreleased recordings, including a new duet with Trisha Yearwood. In addition to the music, The Next Five Years
chronicles Garth’s 24-hour signing session at Fan Fair in 1996 that demonstrated his powerful connection to his fans. It also explains the reason for the delay in the release of Sevens
and his decision to announce his retirement. The Anthology, Part II: The Next Five Years
with the limited edition silver sleeve is available for purchase here
exclusively on talkshoplive®.