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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Make Surprise Grand Ole Opry Appearance

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Photos By: Chris Hollo

Grand Ole Opry members Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance before a sold-out crowd at the Grand Ole Opry tonight. Introduced by fellow Opry member Vince Gill, Yearwood said to the awestruck audience, “I didn’t have a chance to bring my band or call them or anything, but luckily I live with a Grand Ole Opry member, so if you all would make welcome my guitar player tonight, my husband, Mr. Garth Brooks!” With Brooks on acoustic guitar, Yearwood sang her debut No. 1 smash “She’s In Love With The Boy.”

With, as Yearwood said, “total love and respect to the artists who recorded these songs,” the two then delivered a medley of some of their favorite classic country duets. “We rehearsed in the truck on the way here, so…” Yearwood said as Brooks interjected, “Good luck!” The couple then delivered portions of classics by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn (“After The Fire Is Gone”), Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius (“I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You”), and George Jones and Tammy Wynette (“Golden Ring”).

Brooks is currently breaking attendance and sell-out records across the U.S. on his “The Garth Brooks World Tour” promoting his current album MAN AGAINST MACHINE.  His next tour stops take him to Houston, Texas on June 26 & 27 and July 3 & 4 and then on to New Orleans, Louisiana on July 10, 11 & 12.

Yearwood’s current album PRIZE FIGHTER is just one of her many exciting projects. The Grammy®-winning singer is also a cookbook author, recently releasing the best-selling Trisha’s Table. She can be seen regularly on the Food Network’s show “Trisha’s Southern Table.”

The Opry is in the midst of its 90th Anniversary celebration, which is set to continue throughout 2015. Among those coming soon to the Opry stage are Kelsea Ballerini, Crystal Gayle, Gill, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae, David Nail, Oak Ridge Boys, Carrie Underwood, and more.  Additional information is available at 800-SEE-OPRY and opry.com.

Garth Brooks Makes Massive Return to Houston, Tickets Exceed $170 on Secondary Market

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For Houston country fans the wait is over: Garth Brooks is back on the road.  It has been a massive 15 years since Brooks’ last tour, and is he is going out with a bang for his much anticipated return to Houston, Texas.  He will be playing an impressive eight show run at the Toyota Center in June and July.  The country superstar’s eight shows will also include his wife Trisha Yearwood. The shows are set for Friday, June 26 at 7pm and 10:30pm, Saturday, June 27 at 7pm and 10:30pm, Friday, July 3 at 7pm and 10:30pm and Saturday, July 4 at 7pm and 10:30pm.  The tour is in support of his most recent studio album, Man Against Machine, which he released in November of 2014.  Before “Man Against Machine’s” release, fans had not seen new material from Brooks since “Scarecrow” in 2001.

Brooks is considered one of the most pivotal figures in country music history. Since his debut in 1989, he has sold 70 million albums in the U.S. alone.  In 2001, he called it quits from music to refocus his attention to his family, and specifically his daughters.  In 1998, Brooks sold out five shows at Compaq Center (now Lakewood Church) in Houston, and he played RodeoHouston in 1991 and 1993.  You can bet Houston fans are beyond thrilled for his return, and his ticket sales are indicative of that.  The average price of secondary market Garth Brooks tickets on TiqIQ for the eight-show run in Houston is $172.16.  His most expensive night is June 27, where the average price is $225.83, with a get-in price at $77.  On the fourth of July, tickets to see Garth Brooks are at their least expensive rate for both show times: The 7pm show has an average ticket price of $134.77 with a get-in price at $38.  The 10:30pm show is slightly more expensive, and lists an average ticket price of $166.96, with a get-in price at $46.

In May, Brooks broke his Houston ticket sales record selling over 85,000, which was previously set at 81,039.  With such an epic Houston return, fans should expect to see even more from the country superstar as the year progresses.

A Look at Garth Brooks’ Average Setlist on His 2015 Comeback Tour

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Garth Brooks’ massive Comeback Tour will hit just two more venues through the month of July, but fans across the nation can expect the singer to announce more dates as his current batch of dates wind down. The country superstar is slated to play the Toyota Center eight times between June 26 and July 4 before touching down in New Orleans for four gigs at Smoothie King Center from July 10 to 12. Over the 12 shows remaining, the average price for Garth Brooks tickets is $209.60 on the secondary market.

Brooks will play his top-priced show on July 12 at Smoothie King Center. That gig currently owns a secondary ticket average of $352.05, 67.9% above tour average, and the cheapest available ticket is now $80. One day prior, tickets average at $324.88 on the resale market, marking the only two shows that exceed the $300 ticket average.

His cheapest show comes on July 4 at the Toyota Center, where tickets average at $137.75 and the get-in price is $51. All five of his least expensive gigs will be played in Texas, with just two of those five averaging above $200 on the secondary market.

Fans are paying big ticket prices to see the “More Than a Memory” singer live in concert this summer. They can expect to hear a slew of the 53-year-old’s greatest hits, too. Consult his average setlist on his current tour run below, per setlist.fm:

Garth Brooks 2015 Comeback Tour Average Setlist

  1. Man Against Machine 
  2. Rodeo 
  3. Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House 
  4. The Beaches of Cheyenne 
  5. The River 
  6. Two Piña Coladas 
  7. Papa Loved Mama 
  8. Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up) 
  9. That Summer 
  10. The Thunder Rolls 
  11. People Loving People 
  12. XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl) 
  13. PrizeFighter 
  14. Callin’ Baton Rouge 
  15. Friends in Low Places 
  16. Unanswered Prayers 
  17. Fever 
  18. Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) 
  19. Standing Outside the Fire 

Garth Brooks Holds Teammates ProCamp with Steelers’ Michael Palmer

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As part of Garth Brooks’ world tour, Garths’ Teammates for Kids Foundation is holding “Teammates ProCamp” at each tour stop. On Saturday, 100 kids from the AG Gaston Boys and Girls Club attended Garths’ camp in Birmingham.

Michael Palmer, the Pittsburgh Steelers tight end, was the head coach of the camp.

“Watching what this guy does with the gifts God has given him to help these kids out… That makes me an automatic fan,” Brooks said about Palmer, who has been a “Teammate” for years after he and his wife, a Birmingham native, got involved with the Foundation.

“It’s very humbling… Very cool and exciting to be a part of,” Palmer said.

“It’s the proudest thing I’ve ever been involved with,” Brooks replied.

The camps are free to kids who are involved with the organizations participating, and the camps vary in sport and feature a different pro athlete each time. In over 10 years the Foundation has held ProCamps in 60 different countries.

All day, Brooks was telling the kids to make a new friend, to learn each other’s names and to make a teammate. The word, Teammate, is especially important to Brooks.

“Teammates don’t put anyone over anybody else. We’re all in this together.”

The Teammates for Kids Foundation strives to make a positive impact on underprivileged kids by providing scholarships and holding sports camps throughout the year.

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