LAS VEGAS – Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks will play the final show of his wildly successful residency at the Wynn Las Vegas Nov. 17, according to a news release.
The show called by Las Vegas Weekly “the best thing on any Vegas stage… EVER,” has been running since Dec 2009, when the Owasso resident came out of retirement to begin his Sin City run.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wynn,” Brooks said in the release “Mr. Wynn told me that the Wynn audiences were some of the best in the world and he was right. As for Steve Wynn, he is one of the smartest guys I have ever had the pleasure of talking to or listening to. He does everything top notch and is the easiest and best boss I have ever worked for…..I just love him!”
Hailed as the Solo Artist of the 20th Century by Recording Industry Association of America, Brooks, a Tulsa native who grew up in Yukon, plans to film his one-man show next summer for a possible network special sometime in the near future, according to the release.
“I have always thought of Garth Brooks as a brother and this will always be a home for him,” said Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn in the release. “Personally, I’ve never stopped being amazed at Garth’s talent, nor have I ever stopped admiring the wonderful balance that he has maintained as a father and a superstar. He is to me, the rarest of all combinations: incredibly gifted and a man of great character.”
Tickets for the highly anticipated final concerts are currently available for purchase exclusively at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 65-GARTH. Tickets are $225 plus tax and service charge. Remaining performance dates :
7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
For the ultimate Garth Brooks experience, guests may indulge in the “Garth Weekend Package,” which includes three nights in a Wynn or Encore Tower Suite King, two premium Garth Brooks tickets, Brooks merchandise valued at $100, dinner at Botero, choice of spa treatments for two and Sunday Jazz Brunch for two at The Country Club. To book this package call (866) 770-7929 and mention package code UNFGB. Packages are priced from $839 per night and are subject to availability.
For tickets and information, go to www.wynnlasvegas.com.
Certified by the RIAA as the No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums. The Oklahoma State University alumnus has received practically every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.
In the midst of one of the most successful careers in music history, Brooks retired in 2001, delivered his last record for Capitol Records and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. While in retirement, he occasionally returned to the stage for special occasions. The Barack Obama himself requested that Garth headline his inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. The Oklahoma native performed as Barack and Michelle Obama, their girls, Joe and Jill Biden and a crowd of more than 300,000 lining the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Washington Monument. It was a moment in history when all did the “wave” to Garth’s performance of “Shout” while the president sang along.
In 2008, the governor of California asked for Garth’s help, and he responded by performing five concerts in two days, and proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold were donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, “Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.” where viewers donated to the organization F.I.R.E. In December 2010, Garth finished an astonishing nine sold-out concerts in six days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Brooks “The Person of the Week” and the mayor of Nashville came onstage during his last performance to announce a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the more than 145,000 who attended the concerts. On Jan. 25, Garth Brooks was named the best-selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and Soundscan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales.
In March, the Country Music Association announced that Brooks has been selected for membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2011, Brooks was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music.
Besides his possible network special, it will be interesting to see what happens next for the 50-year-old music megastar. When he announced his retirement from touring and recording more than a decade ago, he turned his focus to raising his three daughters with his first wife, Sandy Mahl. In an interview in fall 2010, Brooks told me he wasn’t yet working on any new material.
“Our youngest is a freshman in high school so we still got time before that,” he said then. Now that her high school career is winding down, we just might be hearing more from Garth Brooks.