Oklahoma country music star couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform the first two of their unprecedented nine-concert benefit series tonight at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Money raised through ticket sales will aid ongoing relief efforts in the wake of last springs devastating floods in Tennessee.
Back in November, tickets initially went on sale for a single Dec. 17 arena show featuring the Owasso couple.
But the clamor for tickets was so urgent, they ended up selling out nine concerts, instead of one, in a single day.
With tickets priced at $25 (plus a $2.50 user fee and $5 service charge), the more than 140,000 tickets sold will allow the concert series to raise $3.5 million. All the proceeds are going to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
According to CMT, it marks the first time a performer has sold that many tickets ever in the state of Tennessee. Michael Jackson held the previous record of 72,000 in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.
As part of the unprecedented appearances, the couple will play nine full concerts in six days, with shows planned for 7 and 10 tonight, 7 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday, 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesday and 6 and 9 p.m. Wednesday.
“That’s sweet, especially in Nashville because that’s a tough place to sell tickets because it’s the industry. These people have seen everything, so you can imagine how floored we were when one went to two, two went to three,” Brooks told me in a November phone interview.
“That was very flattering, but for me, I think it reflected more the giving spirit of anybody. Because I made that call, I asked ‘If there’s ever a time to come see Garth, this is it, because 100 percent of the money is going to people who need it.’ And they, wow, they answered. It was fun.’”