Wednesday, October 17, 2007
– If you can't go to Kansas City to see Garth Brooks in November, then you might be able to at your local movie theatre.
Brooks will play his final concert in a sold-out series of nine originating from the brand new Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 14. The concert will be simulcast live to more than 300 movie theatres nationwide in association with National CineMedia's FATHOM Events. The performance is being presented by Sprint and captured and distributed by Horse of Troy Productions, Jon Small/Picture Vision and AEG Network LIVE.
"It's things like this that make me praise technology. The gift that AEG and NCM FATHOM participating theatres have given me is to be able to go on a virtual tour without leaving home. How does it get any better than that?" said Brooks.
"No artist today means more to his millions of fans worldwide than Garth Brooks," said Timothy J. Leiweke, president and CEO, AEG. "Whether you experience the concert in Sprint Center or in one of the 300 theatres, it will truly be one of the great nights of music ever experienced. Not only am I a fan, but Garth is also a valued friend. I am very appreciative that for this once-in-a-lifetime event, Garth chose Kansas City, Sprint Center and AEG."
All tickets at the movie theatres will be priced at $10 (plus applicable online service charges) and go on sale this Friday, Oct. 19 at noon in each local time zone at www.fathomevents.com or via www.garthbrooks.com. There is a limit of 10 tickets per person.
An encore presentation of the concert will be rebroadcast in theatres on Nov. 15. Tickets for the encore event will also go on sale Friday. Participating theatre locations and additional information is available at www.fathomevents.com.
Tickets to the concert at Sprint Center sold out immediately when they went on sale. An additional 8 shows were added and a total of 159,779 tickets were sold in 1 hour and 58 minutes, tying Brooks's own personal record for selling the highest number of tickets in any city in North America.
"Sprint Center is proud to welcome Garth Brooks during our historic first month," said Brenda Tinnen, general manager, Sprint Center. "Not only are we honored that Kansas City and Sprint Center was selected to host this 'once-in-a-lifetime' event, knowing that more than 150,000 people across the country will be joining us on Nov. 14th and 15th will truly make the evening that much more exciting."
"Garth Brooks's fans have been waiting for this night for a long time and we're excited to bring this extraordinary event to movie theatres in local communities nationwide," said Dan Diamond, vice president of National CineMedia's Fathom. "For many, seeing Garth in the theatres may be their only chance to see this remarkable performer in action."
Brooks, who hasn't toured since 1998, made country music history in September when his new single, "More Than a Memory," debuted at number one on Billboard's Country Singles chart. Garth Brooks "The Ultimate Hits" will be available in all stores where music is sold on Nov. 6.