Garth Brooks' Las Vegas show to end after almost 3 years
Country music star Garth Brooks' Las Vegas concert residency at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is coming to an end after almost three years.
The final performance of his "Best In Vegas" show is set to take place on November 17, the venue said in a statement on Wednesday.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wynn," Brooks was quoted as saying. "Mr. Wynn told me that the Wynn audiences were some of the best in the world and he was right. As for Steve Wynn, he is one of the smartest guys I have ever had the pleasure of talking to or listening to. He does everything top notch and is the easiest and best boss I have ever worked for ... I just love him!"
Brooks's rep verified the singer's remarks to OTRC.com. The 50-year-old is known for hit singles such as "The Thunder Rolls" and "The River" and won two Grammys in the 1990s. He is one of the best-selling solo artists of all time and one of the most popular country singers.
"I have always thought of Garth Brooks as a brother and this will always be a home for him," Wynn said. "Personally, I've never stopped being amazed at Garth's talent, nor have I ever stopped admiring the wonderful balance that he has maintained as a father and a superstar. He is to me, the rarest of all combinations: incredibly gifted and a man of great character."
Brooks last released a major album in 2001. The record, "Scarecrow," debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. chart and has sold at least 5 million copies in the United States. He then retired, saying he wanted to spend more time with his daughters. The singer, who is married to country singer Trisha Yearwood, maintains a family home in Oklahoma.
In 2008, he came out of retirement and signed his deal with the Wynn Las Vegas. Wynn himself gave him a private jet as a gift, according to the Associated Press. He performed his first concert in his "Best In Vegas" series that December. His shows take place on the weekend.
The singer had originally agreed to a 5-year concert residency. According to The Los Angeles Times, he told reporters at the time: "My life is not going to change for the five years we are hoping to do this. I've cleared it with my girls .... and that's all that matters to me."
Brooks' spokesperson told OTRC.com in a statement that the concert series "was to be at the most 5 years. Garth gave it 3 years and called it 'good.'"
While he has not announced any plans to record new music, Brooks is planning his next career move - he wants to film a one-man show in the summer of 2013 for a possible network special, according to the resort and his rep.
Brooks' remaining concert dates at the Wynn are listed below.
October 5 and 6
October 26 and 27
November 16 and 17