Garth Plans Live Specials, CMA Duet
Garth Brooks has confirmed a series of three concert appearances to be featured in hour-long live broadcasts on CBS, in support of his forthcoming Capitol album "Scarecrow," due Nov. 13. The first wilGarth Brooks has confirmed a series of three concert appearances to be featured in hour-long live broadcasts on CBS, in support of his forthcoming Capitol album "Scarecrow," due Nov. 13. The first will be broadcast Nov. 14 from the Forum in Los Angeles, while the Nov. 21 show will find Brooks welcoming home armed forces personnel from the USS Enterprise upon the ship's arrival in Norfolk, Va. The location of the final show, set for Nov. 28, remains undisclosed. Each show will feature a "different group of guest stars," according to a statement.
"CBS has given me an opportunity to take the music to the people in a new way, to have the fun of performing it live, and do it in such a way that I don't have to be away from home for long periods of time," Brooks, who retired from touring last October, said in a statement. "It's going to be fun."
Meanwhile, Brooks and George Jones are the latest additions to the performance lineup for the 35th Country Music Awards, to be broadcast Wednesday (Nov. 7) on CBS. The pair will perform "Beer Run," which can be found on Jones' recent Bandit set "The Rock: Stone Cold Country 2001" and Brooks' "Scarecrow." As previously reported, other performers include Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson, Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw, and Brooks & Dunn.
The event will be hosted for the 10th year in a row by Vince Gill. Evans leads the field with nominations in five categories.
Click here for excerpts of Melinda Newman's exclusive interview with Brooks from the Nov. 3 issue of Billboard.