Country superstar Garth Brooks throws concerts for California wildfire victims



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AP Entertainment
Los Angeles, 24 January 2008
1. Wide Staples Center
2. Medium Staples Center sign
3. Wide musician Garth Brooks at podium
4. Camera operators
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Garth Brooks/Musician, on why he’s raising money for California firefighters:
“I’m from Oklahoma. I know a lot about grass fires. I know a lot about wind and fire. I’ve never, ever seen wind and fire like I saw on the television, and the fact that these guys are not fighting on a flat surface like we do at home. Just much respect, and these guys need all the help that they can get. So, I feel very lucky to be a part of this.”
6. UPSOUND: Brooks presented with hat
7. Camera operators
8. (Reporter: I’m just wondering if preparing for the shows has given you the bug to do more shows. Any kind of plans for that?)
SOUNDBITE (English) Garth Brooks/Musician:
“No, you know, just a quick, quick, rundown — real quick: 2001 we announced our retirement, delivered our last record. 2005, Wal-Mart found us in our retirement in Oklahoma, wanted to go in the vault. I thought it would be easy. I gotta tell you, it’s been the longest two years of my career, because they stuck you back out there and all of a sudden you go, ‘I’m competing. My name’s on it.’ And you start to go to work again. So, it’s been really tough, because new stuff is easier to promote than old stuff, so this was twice as hard. We delivered our last piece of project for them this Christmas, ’07, promised them that we would support all the way ’til the first of February. So, we’re getting ready to now drop off the face of the earth musically. Charity-wise, it never stops. So, with Teammates, you’ll see us out and doing stuff for that. So, no, our youngest is 11. So, we’ve probably got another 10 years. I graduated high school when I was 22. I’m hoping she gets out a little sooner, and then we’ll see what happens after that.”
9. Wide Brooks on stage.
BROOKS BENEFIT CONCERTS
Garth Brooks has announced a series of five concerts over two days to benefit victims of the 2007 Southern California wildfires.
“I’m from Oklahoma,” the country-music superstar said at a press conference Thursday morning at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. “I know a lot about grass fires. I know a lot about wind and fire. I’ve never, ever seen wind and fire like I saw on the television, and the fact that these guys are not fighting on a flat surface like we do at home. Just much respect, and these guys need all the help that they can get. So, I feel very lucky to be a part of this.”
All proceeds from the five concerts over two days, “Garth Brooks Live In L.A!” at Staples beginning Friday, Jan. 25, will be donated to an organisation known as the “Southern California 2008 Fire Intervention Relief Effort (F.I.R.E.).” The money will go to agencies helping victims and the first responders of the wildfires in addition to providing financial assistance to California firefighting departments.
To raise his children, Brooks, 45, retired in 2001. But even he admitted you wouldn’t know he’d ever stopped working. “In 2005, Wal-Mart found us in our retirement in Oklahoma, wanted to go in the vault. I thought it would be easy. I gotta tell you, it’s been the longest two years of my career, because they stuck you back out there and all of a sudden you go, ‘I’m competing. My name’s on it.’ And you start to go to work again. So, it’s been really tough, because new stuff is easier to promote than old stuff, so this was twice as hard.”
On Nov. 6, 2007, the latest Brooks compilation set, “The Ultimate Hits,” was released. At the press conference, it was announced that “Hits” had been certified five-times platinum (for more than 2.5 million units sold).

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