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article imageGarth Brooks sells out 20 shows in Vegas in five hours

By Jay David Murphy     Oct 24, 2009 in Entertainment
Garth Brooks returns to the stage. This time in a long term deal with Steve Wynn to appear at the Encore Theater starting in December just in time for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Garth Brooks is coming out of retirement in a big way and will be appearing at Encore in Las Vegas starting in December. Saturday at 8am tickets went on sale for 20 confirmed dates and sold out by 1pm.
His return to the stage coincides with the annual National Finals Rodeo held each year in Las Vegas.
The five-year deal with Steve Wynn is one of the more interesting contracts in the history of Las Vegas. Wynn is providing a jet for Brooks and has said that anytime Brooks wants out of the contract he can walk away with no penalties.
Wynn did not offer Brooks more money than others had; he instead appealed to Brooks’ family obligations which won over the country superstar.
The next day after the announcement and press conference his image (without writing) appeared on billboards and taxi cabs all over the city of Las Vegas.
The first of the solo acoustic performances start on December 11th at the 1,500 seat Encore Theater.
In the LA Times article announcing the deal it quotes Steve Wynn as saying about what he offered Brooks, “If I were to tell you that, I'd probably lose my job with the stockholders.”
Wynn also said this about the deal, “In order to accomplish this goal, I will confess I had to buy him a jet plane.”
In the same article Brooks commented about the deal, “This is actually a great opportunity that has lots of rewards to it, and one of them is the money. The fact that the money is on the table is a sweet part of it.
“But trust me;” he said softly, “it’s the same thing I’ve been offered 10 or 15 other times. Where he got me was his concern with the fact that my life doesn’t change."
Commenting on his family life, his wife Trisha Yearwood said, “I really think nothing’s really going to change, except that we’re going to get to come to Vegas once a month, and how cool is that? I think it’s a really good thing.”
Brooks explained how Wynn won him over, “Everybody else thought money was the answer. This guy came to me not with ‘How much money is it going to take for this to happen?’ but ‘What are the logistics that it’s going to take to make it happen?’ That’s where he started. And he based all his decisions on either the kids or music ... He figured it out real quick. He’s a sharp guy.”
His shows will take place with one on Friday, two on Saturday, and one on Sunday.
His issue with the new show was the ticket price, “It’s the old John Lennon thing, ‘You people, if you’re having a good time, rattle your jewelry.’ So it scares me to do that. Man, I’d rather just do one ticket price overall. [Wynn said,] ‘If you’re going to do that to me, I’ve got to get a ticket price bigger than 50 bucks.' I said, ‘What are you thinking?’ He said '$125.' I passed out."
“But it’s a 1,500-seat theater,” Brooks said, “and my only response is, if you don’t like Vegas, or you think the ticket price is too high, stay at home. Because we’re still on the same plan: that when the children go to school, I’d like to fire the machine up again and tour. So stay at home and I’ll come to your place for a lot less money and hopefully everything will be good then. So it’s kind of like it’s their choice.
“You can tell that’s the only thing I really have a problem with.” My job is for them to walk out of here going ‘Dude that was worth it.’ ”
So its now a done deal and the first 20 shows are now sold out as Garth Brooks returns to the limelight, this time in Las Vegas.
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