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Country music has long been associated as a storytelling journey, but the evolution of the country sound has been made most obvious not by the music but by the image. There was a time when arenas would sparkle from all the rhinestones and when stetsons were a must-have. Then Johnny Cash brought his man in black phase into the mix, and with it a rebellion that few had seen before amongst those of that genre. Pretty soon it was all about carving out your own niche, fixing your own trademark look; whether it was Kenny Rogers and his white three-piece suits, or Tanya Tucker with her 'badgirl' catsuits and tight pants. Pictures from the mutation of country music throughout the last eight decades are perhaps some of the most telling because something about the looks of these country stars had as much of an impact as the music itself.
Those, who protested Brooks' Dublin gigs got their way, when the singer cancelled his entire lineup of five concerts.
The five sold-out concerts, which Garth Brooks was scheduled to play in Dublin through the end of July have all been cancelled. Arrangement for ticket refunds are to be announced later today (Wednesday, July 9). The reason given for the cancellations was that Dublin City Council would not grant permission for all concerts. The Council only approved three of the gigs that Brooks was initially going to play between 25 and 29 July at Croke Park. Following the disagreement, Brooks’ management claimed that it had exhausted all avenues in reaching out to the Council, with the country star insisting that he would play either “all or none” of the planned concerts.
For the love of music? Brooks refused to play less than the five gigs he had originally planned.
According to the BBC, Brooks reacted by saying that asking which concerts to play and which to cancel would be "like asking to choose one child over another". Clearly the man takes his job pretty seriously.
Garth Brooks couldn't get permission to host five concerts at Croke Park.
All five of the Garth Brooks live concerts scheduled for the end of the month have been cancelled after an agreement between promoters and Dublin City Council could not be reached. The US country star had five consecutive sold out concerts planned at the Croke Park arena from the 25-29th July but the Irish city would only permit three of the five to be staged.
The city council put its foot down on five concerts amidst fears of noise pollution and anti-social behaviour, but offered to compromise with three.
However, Brooks took a hard-line against the ruling, saying "For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will."
Continue reading: All Garth Brooks Dublin Concerts Cancelled After Licensing Hoo-Hah
Critics have pointed to the economic impact the concerts will have whilst the council sides with the area’s residents.
Last night, Garth Brooks told the 400,000 people who have bought tickets for his Irish concerts that he will play five shows in Dublin or none at all. The country and western singer had scheduled five shows at Croke Park at the end of July to kick of his international tour but the city council refused to issue licences for two of those five concerts.
The council has refused permission for concerts on the 28th and 29th July due to fears of noise, traffic disruption, illegal parking and "potential antisocial behaviour." The stadium's capacity of 80,000 fans per night means about 160,000 will be affected.
Instead of accepting the three shows as a compromise, the US performer has asserted that he'll only play the full five. "For us, it is five shows or none at all," Brooks said in a statement. "To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will."
And your Super Bowl performer this year is... Renee Fleming. Let's see what she's up against.
Opera soprano Renee Fleming has been announced to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb. 2. Fleming’s appointment is a pretty big deal, considering that the Super Bowl is easily the most watched television event of the year in the US. Last year, 111 million people nationwide tuned into the game, the infamous Super Bowl ads and, of course, the half time show. Fleming is also a bit of an unusual choice, given that the anthem has been performed by mainstream pop stars every year for the past decade.
When it comes to performing live, Fleming is a trusted veteran.
Some of the performances have been stunning and unforgettable, like Aretha Franklin’s 2006 rendition, while others, like Christina Aguilera’s 2011 blunder might be better left forgotten. Hopefully, this year’s anthem performance will have patriots in tears (the good kind), but if not, there are always these historical renditions to look back on fondly.
'Britney Jean' debuted at No. 4 in the chart, while Brooks scored his ninth No. 1
Garth Brooks released his new box set, Blame It All on My Roots, to an eager fan-base last week, who have managed to see it rise from No. 3 in the Billboard 200 to the No. 1 spot this week. Britney Spears saw her new album debut to a rather lacklustre start on the other hand, as it only just managed to crack the top five, debuting at No. 4.
Brooks is back on top with his latest compilation
Brooks' second box set to reach the top of the charts - his first being 1998's The Limited Series - will have undoubtedly been helped by value Walmart were offering the six disc collection for. Initially being sold for $29.98 before a sale price of $24.96 was introduced this week, Blame It All on My Roots will likely be lining plenty of country fan's stockings come Christmas. The box set sold an additional 146,000 copies this week, enough to see it move two places to the top.
One Direction, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears and Eminem all reached the top ten but Garth Brooks' 'Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influence' took the No.1 spot on the billboard 200 album chart.
The music package, which contains 6 CD's and 2 DVD's, is exclusively only sold through Walmart and shifted 146,000 copies by the weeks end on Dec 8th, according to Neilson SoundScan.
The boxed set was released on Thanksgiving Day for $25 and sold 164,000 copies in its first few days, reaching No.3.
After 13 long years of "retirement," Brooks will finally go on another world tour.
Good news for all you country fans out there – Garth Brooks has finally announced his 2014 world tour. During his recent round of media appearances, Brooks has been keeping mum about a follow-up tour to Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, the album he’s currently promoting. He finally let the news slip during a chat with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.
Garth broke the news a little earlier than planned.
Apparently the announcement was completely unplanned, so there are no specific dates out yet, but the Friends in Low Places singer did say that after getting permission from his three daughters and wife Trisha Yearwood, he was excited to finally get back on the road.
After a new album and his Thanksgiving special, Brooks confirmed what many had hoped for on Monday's 'Good Morning America'
Garth Brooks has been on the return over the past few weeks, releasing his new album and airing his final Las Vegas show live as a Thanksgiving TV special over the holidays, prompting some to suggest that the country superstar may be heading out on the road too. Having been coy for so long on whether such a prospect might be true, on Monday, 9 December, Brooks confirmed what many had been hoping for.
Garth Brooks is finally heading on the road
During his appearance on ABC's Good Morning America at the start of the week, Brooks finally made it clear that he intends to bring his new music to the people, on what will be his first proper tour since his 'retirement' in 2000. Brooks initially went on GMA to promote his new album, Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences - a compilation of covers, greatest hits and DVD footage of his Vegas residency - when the talk inevitably turned to touring. Having inched towards coming out of retirement with his impending release, he told anchor Robin Robert that he will at last step out of retirement fully.
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Garth Brooks has announced he will be embarking on a world tour in 2014 for the first time in over a decade!
American country singer Garth Brooks will be returning to airports, hotels and long road trips after officially announcing he will be embarking on a world tour in 2014.
The exciting news surfaced on Monday morning (Dec 9th) during an interview on 'Good Morning America' where he was discussing his new album, 'Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences.'
At first Brooks seemed apprehensive to confirm any news after the host Robin Roberts questioned him on touring again, he said, "I would love to but at 52, I'm worried it's the wheelchair and walker tour kinda-thing."
Garth Brooks opens about his marriage to fellow country music singer Trisha Yearwood and admits he "never knew it could be like this".
American country singer Garth Brooks has been married for eight years fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood and the 51 year-old recently admitted he is still enjoying every minute of it!
Garth Brooks is happily married to Trisha Yearwood
In an interview this past Friday (Nov 29th) on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' Brooks was very candid in discussing falling in love with Trisha and tying the knot in 2005.
Garth Brooks visited Ellen to promote his new box set, but ended up gushing about his wife.
Everyone in Hollywood seems to be in high spirits this week, especially Garth Brooks, who used his appearance on The Ellen Show yesterday (Friday) to talk about his marital harmony with Trisha Yearwood. The two recently recorded a remake of “After the Fire Is Gone” – rather unfitting for their own relationship.
Brooks and Yearwood's romance dates back a lot longer, but they didn't get married until just eight years ago.
The song will be featured on Brooks’ new box set, currently out in stores. The now-couple met back in 1987, but they didn’t get married until eight years ago. Back in the 80s, Brooks was with his wife and college sweetheart, Sandy Mahl. However, the country crooner recounts that his connection with Yearwood was almost instant.
Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and even Megadeth made it out to Nashville for the tribute concert
The great George Jones was honoured by some of the biggest names in country and western music this week, as the stars came out in force to the George Jones Tribute Concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Friday, 22 November. The widely acclaimed country star country, who sadly passed away earlier this year on 23 April, was honoured for four hours straight by some huge names performing Jones' greatest hits.
George Jones passed away earlier this year
The evening began (via Billboard) with the sole piece of stock footage featuring Jones, the video for his sigle 'No Show Jones,' yet despite his absence from the jumbo screens on stage, his memory never left the arena during the event billed as 'The Final No Show.'
The starts of country and the southern music scene all paid their respects to the late icon.
The late, great George Jones was honored this Friday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Friday. The night was originally intended to celebrate the country icon’s retirement, but after his death last April, it was held as a sort of posthumous tribute. Billed as 'Playin' Possum: The Final No-Show,' the sold-out concert featured acts ranging from Garth Brooks and GEORGE STRAIT to Kid Rock and MEGADETH, USA Today reports.
The late George Jones defined the face of country music for most of the 20th century.
"During the funeral, we mourned George; tonight we celebrate," former Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey told the crowd at the start of the show. The performances ran on for over four hours, in order to accommodate the 112 artists, performing in memory of Jones. "Talk about wrangling cats!" Co-host Charlie Chase quipped early on in the show. "Everybody I've talked to says they're going on early," Dierks Bentley said backstage.
In Ellen's words, congratulations on this wonderful pineapple award!
Last night’s CMAs were definitely surprising in more ways than one – it was a rookies’ night through and through, with first time winners dominating the list, for starters. More than that though, let’s talk about the fate of one emotional blonde lady in particular: Taylor Swift, who surprised everyone by… not winning. We’re as surprised as you are, but everyone’s favorite country girl went somewhat overlooked by the Country Music Association.
Swift accepted the award in a gorgeous red gown.
Well, that’s not entirely true. Of course Swift received a huge honor when she was announced as the second ever laureate of the Pinnacle award, which is arguably the highest honor bestowed by the Country Music Association, especially considering that Swift is only 23 and just on her fourth studio album. Considering that the only other winner of the Pinnacle Award has been Garth Brooks in 2005… well, you get the picture. It’s a pretty big deal.
Ahead of the ceremony, Taylor was announced to receive another distinction.
Taylor Swift and the CMAs – it’s a match made in heaven and one that continues to reap accolades for the young singer. Ahead of tonight’s show, Swift is up for six whole awards. And while she is a favorite to win big (yet again) Taylor also has one in the bag already. The Country Music Association has decided to also honor the singer with the Pinnacle Award for her success, E! News reports. The world may change, but it's reassuring to know that the Country Music Awards still belong to Swift. There can be little argument about that.
The Pinnacle Award is a special distinction, given to artists, who have achieved international success and recognition, as well as record sales of country music. Since country is usually quite a region-specific genre, the award is a very rare honor, given to only the most successful of performers. To give you a bit of perspective, the only other Pinnacle Award laureate is Garth Brooks, after the award was created in 2005. So it's all very exciting for the young singer, who has achieved unparalleled success with her most recent album, RED, and the subsequent sold out tour.
Besides the distinction, Taylor is also nominated for Entertainer, Female Vocalist, Album, Song, Music Video, Musician and Musical Event of the Year, with the song, video and event nominations being for her work on the Tim Mcgraw song Highway Don’t Care. Blake Shelton is the other favorite, with five nominees. The awards will be broadcast tonight at 6pm PST on ABC.
Continue reading: The CMAs Honor Nominee Favorite Taylor Swift With Special Pinnacle Award
Garth Brooks, Toby Keith are the highlights of the Oklahoma tornado relief benefit.
This Saturday marked the benefit concert, organized by Toby Keith for the victims of the Oklahoma tornado, which devastated the city of Moore, Oklahoma and neighboring areas in May. He benefit included performances by Oklahoma natives Garth Brooks and Toby Keith himself. Proceeds from he Oklahoma Twister Relief will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
The event was organised by Keith himself.
According to the Tulsa World, 65,000 eager to help Oklahoma citizens, attended the event. The attendees were reportedly drawn in mostly by Brooks’s star power – and the prospect of helping their fellow man, of course. "It may sound cliché, but I would not be here without Garth Brooks," said Tulsan Bob Partridge, 29. "That said, it's a great thing they're doing here and hopefully, they raise a ton of money. We don't want this concert to have to happen - we come here with a heavy heart."
Tickets for the benefit concert will go on sale on June 21, each costing $35.
Garth Brooks has agreed to join the bill for the Oklahoma Benefit Concert, a bill that already includes the likes of fellow country stars Toby Keith and Willie Nelson to name but two. The performance will aim to raise money for those worse hit by the natural disaster and will take place July 6 at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Stadium at Owen Field.
Keith is organising much of the one-day festival and is an Oklahoma-native himself, growing up in the city of Moore, which was badly damaged by a twister. He told Tulsa World on Thursday; “Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby’s hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do … I am amazed at the human spirit the tornado victims have shown. I am humbled by the giving of the volunteers. It is an honor to get to be a part of this healing process."
Brooks is the latest addition to a line-up that features Keith, Nelson, Trisha Yearwood and Ronnie Dunn, with more possibly to come. Tickets will go on sale for the event on June 21, each costing $35. The money raised from the benefit will go towards helping the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
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Garth Brooks is no stranger to praise, success and the reception of awards, but entering the Country Music Hall of Fame, still managed to reduce the man to tears of joy. Connie Smith and Hargus "Pig" Robbins also received awards at the event last night (21st Oct 2012) in Nashville.
Tears began to roll before Brook was even inside the building, the Huffington Post reports that he began tearing up while speaking to the press on the red carpet. In his speech Brooks remained humble. "I look at it as a continuation of trying to make country music as proud of you as you always have. You represent it the best that you can. And the only difference in our life now is that [my wife] has to say 'Hall of Famer' before she calls my name any time." Which she says she wont do. He said, "I don't feel any different, but we should talk tomorrow."
Country legend George Straight told Brooks; "You've brought so many fans to our music; it helped all of us." And Bob Seger said "What I love about Garth is his passion -- he's never afraid to be passionate, [and throughout his success] he's still a really good guy, he wears it well," USA Today reports.
Continue reading: Garth Brooks Enters Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Garth Brooks Tuesday 27th May 2008 The '2008 KCET Visionary Award Gala' - Arrivals Los Angeles, California
Garth Brooks causes problems for his comeback tour by attending the funeral of an ex-partner after he died in suspicious circumstances.
Country singer Garth Brooks has once again been caught up in controversy because of his ex-wife. After announcing his retirement in 2001, Brooks was set to make a tremendous comeback, but he has been caught up in scandal after his ex-wife's former fiancé was murdered. Brook's ex-wife, Sandy, was seen at the funeral of Michael Dubin, who was shot at his Oklahoma home on 15th August, 2007.
Sandy and Dubin dated in 2001 after she split up with Brooks. Dubin's death was originally considered to be suicide, however a murder investigation is underway with a former Tulsa sheriff as a person of interest. The former sheriff's ex-wife was reportedly dating Dubin before his mysterious death.
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