Garth Brooks to Play More than 300 Concerts Nationwide on One Night
Live Performance Simulcast to More than 300 Movie Theaters
Tickets on Sale Friday, October 19th at 12 PM in Each Local Time Zone
Los Angeles (October 16, 2007) - For one night in November, fans of Garth Brooks will have the opportunity to see the legendary performer, with special guest Trisha Yearwood, from a venue just minutes from their homes. On Wednesday, November 14th, Brooks will play his final concert in a sold-out series of nine originating from the brand new Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. 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 Inc., 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 Garth 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," Leiweke added.
All tickets will be priced at $10 (plus applicable online service charges) and go on sale this Friday, October 19th at 12pm 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 November 15th. Tickets for the November 15th 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 Saturday. An additional eight shows were added and a total of 159,779 tickets were sold in one hour and 58 minutes, tying Brooks’ 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 November 14th and 15th will truly make the evening that much more exciting."
"Garth Brooks’ 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 November 6th.
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), NOKIA Theatre Times Square, NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie (TX), the El Rey Theatre (Hollywood, CA), the WaMu Theatre (Seattle, WA), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO), Prudential Center (Newark, NJ) and The O2, a 28-acre development located in the eastern part of London along the Thames River which includes a 20,000 seat arena and over 650,000sf of leisure and entertainment use; sports franchises throughout the world including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Riptide (MLL), the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (MLS) in addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). AEG developed and operates The Home Depot Center, a $150 million national training facility on the Campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California designated as an "Official U.S. Olympic Training Site" by the United States Olympic Committee that includes major facilities for soccer, tennis, track & field, cycling, lacrosse, rugby, action sports, beach volleyball, basketball and other sports. AEG’s live entertainment division, AEG LIVE is one of the world’s leading concert promotion and touring companies.
AEG is overseeing the development of L.A. LIVE, a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district featuring NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat state-of-the-art live theatre, a 54-story, 1001-room convention center "headquarters" hotel, Club NOKIA a 2,400 capacity live music venue, a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, "broadcast" facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, restaurant, residential and office space along with additional arenas, O2 World, on a 45-acre site in the heart of Berlin, Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California and in Las Vegas, Nevada.
About National CineMedia
National CineMedia (NCM) LLC operates the largest digital in-theatre network in North America through long-term agreements with its founding members, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest theatre operators in the U.S., and through multi-year agreements with several other theatre operators. NCM LLC produces and distributes its FirstLook pre feature program; cinema and lobby advertising products; comprehensive meeting and event services and other entertainment programming content. NCM LLC’s national network includes over 14,000 screens of which over 12,300 are part of the company’s Digital Content Network (DCN). NCM LLC’s DCN covers 156 Designated Market Areas (49 of the top 50). During 2006, approximately 550 million patrons attended movies shown in theatres owned by the NCM LLC founding members (excluding Loews). National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 44.8% interest in and is the managing member of NCM LLC. For additional information, visit www.ncm.com
Shani Tate Ross
Director, Communications & Marketing