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Garth Brooks sells out five LA shows

Monday, December 3, 2007 – Garth Brooks, the number 1 selling solo artist in U.S. history, rewrote the record books by selling out 5 Los Angeles concerts totaling about 85,000 tickets in less than one hour Saturday - the first time any performer sold out that many shows in the Los Angeles arena in 1 day. The five shows over two days in late January will 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."

Brooks will play on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008 at 6 and 10 p.m. and then on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1, 5 and 9 p.m., believed to be the first-ever triple header in a U.S. arena.

Brooks played nine sold-out shows in November in Kansas City to promote "The Ultimate Hits," a best of collection with four new songs.

All proceeds from the 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."

Brooks becomes the only artist in Staples Center history to sell-out five concerts in one day and the only artist to play five concerts in two days.

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