Thursday, November 29, 2007
– Tickets for Garth Brooks's Los Angeles benefit show in January for victims of the recent wildfires in the state will go on sale Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m.
Brooks was approached by California state elected officials and civic leaders from areas affected by recent wildfires. The show will be held Jan. 26, 2008 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Tickets for all seats are $38.60 (plus 1.40 city amusement tax and $5.00 handling charge) will be available via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone network and on-line at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will not be available at the Staples Center Box Office or other outlets. There will be a limit of six tickets per person.
Organizers AEG and Brooks announced that all ticket sale proceeds from the concert 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 duties. The Foundation will also be responsible for grant administration and recordkeeping.
American Express announced that their organization will donate $20 for each ticket purchased with an American Express card with a guaranteed commitment to the fund of $1 million. The McCormick Foundation has also pledged to match the first $2 million raised at 50 cents on the dollar (up to a $1 million match) in addition to promotional support from the Los Angeles Times. AEG has donated the use of the Staples venue for Brooks, who last appeared in Los Angeles in 2001.
"Please let everyone know I hate to ask so much for a ticket but, 100 percent of the money is going to victims of the recent fires and to the firefighters facing future fires," said Brooks.
"Garth was extremely aware of what our region has had to endure and was on-board the very moment our City and State leaders requested that he perform," said Tim Leiweke, President and chief executive officer of AEG. "Having the ability to play a role in helping Californians who have lost their homes and possessions get back on their feet in addition to helping our firefighters, the true heroes to us all, be better prepared to do their jobs was all it took. Those lucky enough to be at Staples Center on Jan. 26th will not only experience one of the greatest live performers of all-time, but will be joining Garth in helping firefighters and our fellow Californians who are in need."