December 1, 2007
GARTH BROOKS SELLS OUT FIVE LOS ANGELES SHOWS WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO RECENT FIRE VICTIMS AND THE FUTURE OF FIRE FIGHTING IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Staples Center News
Over 85,000 Tickets Sold in Less Than One Hour For Five Concerts Over Two Days
LOS ANGELES (December 1, 2007) - Garth Brooks, the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history, continues to rewrite the record books selling out five concerts at STAPLES Center in 59 minutes - the first time any performer sold out that many shows in the Los Angeles arena in one day. Organizers, Brooks and AEG had announced that the concerts would raise money for the recent fire victims and for the future of fire fighting in the state of California.
\"It's a beautiful thing when everyone pulls together,\" Brooks said. \"California just raised a ton of money for their own. I'm so proud to be part of this.\"
As part of his unprecedented appearance, the legendary performer will play five full concerts in two days - a feat believed to have never before been attempted by any artist - when he appears on Friday, January 25, 2008 at 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM and then on Saturday, January 26 at 1:00, 5:00 and 9:00 PM, the first-ever triple header in a U.S. arena.
All proceeds from the five concerts sponsored by American Express and official media sponsor the Los Angeles Times will be donated to the \"Southern California 2008 Fire Relief Campaign,\" a campaign of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. The funds will be granted to agencies providing aid to victims and the first responders of the Los Angeles and San Diego wildfires in addition to providing financial assistance to California firefighting departments and organizations in need of additional or replacement firefighting equipment to better perform their heroic duties. The Foundation will also be responsible for granting administration and recordkeeping.
\"The fire fighters love Garth... the fans love Garth and we love Garth,\" said Timothy J. Leiweke, president & CEO AEG and STAPLES Center. \"Garth Brooks is the only artist that could have done this and, one of the only artists that would have done this. He continues to make history in our industry. I am proud to call him our partner but even more proud to call him my friend,\" Leiweke added.
With over 85,000 tickets sold in less than one hour, Brooks becomes the only artist in STAPLES Center history to sell-out five concerts in one day, the only artist to play five concerts in two days and is believed to be the only performer to appear in three full concerts in one day and five full concerts in two days at any U.S. venue.