Country music star Garth Brooks, the highest-grossing solo artist in American history, will make his Honolulu debut with two consecutive concerts at the Blaisdell Arena on Dec. 10 in connection with the 75th anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Brooks will perform solo with an acoustic guitar at the concerts, which will also feature his wife, Trisha Yearwood. Details were announced Wednesday at a press conference in Honolulu.
The concerts will benefit Pacific Historic Parks, with all net proceeds from the performances going to four historical organizations that advance the legacy of Pearl Harbor and the Pacific battlefield arenas of World War II: WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument (USS Arizona Memorial); Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor; USS Bowfin Submarine Museum &Park; and Battleship Missouri Memorial.
"We were looking for someone who fit the theme of honoring the past, respecting the future," said retired Adm. Thomas Fargo, chairmen of the 75th Commemoration Committee. "We're working to ensure that these historic attractions are improved, and their availability to the American public is improved."
With his winning mix of country, pop and rock elements, Brooks has sold more than 136 million albums in the U.S. since his solo debut in 1989, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, making him the best-selling solo album artist in the nation, surpassing Elvis Presley, and second only to the Beatles in total albums sold in the U.S.
Brooks has released seven albums that achieved diamond status in the U.S., selling more than 10 million copies. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
Concert promoter Ron Gibson, who is organizing the event, said Brooks personally requested that all seats for the concert be sold at one price. "He wanted to make every seat accessible," said Gibson.
The arena will accommodate approximately 6,800 seats for each concert, Gibson said.
"This is the right person at the right time to honor all veterans who serve and protect," said Tony Vericella, executive director of the 75th Commemoration Committee. "His heart and soul will be aligned with the spirit of the commemoration."
In a release issued at the press conference, Brooks said, "It is a privilege to be part of honoring our nation's fighting men and women who have and continue to serve our great nation. We look forward to a night packed with music, laughter and respect. We invite all to join us and raise as much money as we can to support these memorials that honor our past and our future."
Tickets for the "Garth Brooks Salutes Pearl Harbor" concerts, 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 10, are $69 for all seats. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or at 800-745-3000 through Oct. 24. There is an eight-ticket limit. If tickets remain on Oct. 24, they will be available at the Blaisdell Center box office and Ticketmaster outlets. ___
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