Garth Brooks Sets Record For a Good Cause
Garth Brooks has broken yet another record. The country superstar sold out five shows at Los Angeles' famed Staples Center in less than an hour on Saturday, setting a venue record as the first artist to sell out five shows in one day. Brooks had previously announced one concert in L.A. on January 26, to help victims of the California wildfires. But the demand for tickets was so great that he decided to add four more shows. The only problem was that the Staples Center is home to three sports teams: the Los Angeles Kings, Lakers and Clippers, all of whom play in January. So, Brooks will have to squeeze in all five shows in just 30 hours, which sets another Staples Center record. He'll play on Friday, January 25 at 6:00 and 10:00pm, and then on Saturday, January 26 at 1:00, 5:00 and 9:00pm, the first-ever triple-header in a U.S. arena.
More than 85,000 tickets for the shows were sold at about $45 each, with all proceeds going to families devastated by the wildfires, as well as to firefighter programs in California. The tickets sold out in just 59 minutes.
"It's a beautiful thing when everyone pulls together," Brooks writes in a statement about the sales success. "California just raised a ton of money for their own. I'm so proud to be part of this."
This is just one in a string of records for the officially "retired" superstar this year. The Recording Industry Association of America recently re-named him the biggest-selling solo artist of all time, surpassing Elvis Presley. And his new single, 'More Than a Memory,' is the first country song in history to debut at No.1 on the charts.