Garth Brooks celebrates Central Park concert 25th anniversary with re-airing

Brooks will host a special re-airing

Garth Brooks is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his famous Central Park concert with a special live, one-time re-airing with commentary that showcases some of his favorite moments from the historic night. The country star appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America today (Thurs, Aug 4th) to share that the event will broadcast on his TalkShopLive channel on Sunday, August 7th at 8 pm ET — the exact date and time of the original show in 1997.

“We’re going to pull in to Central Park — we’ll pull back out of it during times to kind of tell you what you’re thinking, what you’re seeing, what you remember and then go back in,” Brooks shares. “And we’re going to relive the whole night 25 years later, but this time I get to be in the crowd and this will be fun.”

The free concert, dubbed “Garthstock,” took place August 7, 1997 and became the largest ticketed event ever held in the park with an estimated 800,000-1.2 million people in attendance. Garth: Live From Central Park was broadcast on HBO and was named the most-watched special on cable television that year with 14.6 million viewers. It was also nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards and featured guest appearances by Billy Joel and Don McLean.

The concert was released on VHS and then as part of Brooks’ 2006 DVD box set, The Entertainer.

The country superstar is prepping to release The Anthology, Part II: The Next Five Years on November 15th. Brooks picks up where he left off in The Anthology, Part I: The First Five Years in 2017, telling his story in his own words and offering fascinating insights to his career and personal life from 1996-2001. Completing the Anthology, Part II is a six disc set of musical highlights from albums released during that time — all of which will be heard in a new way after reading about the inspiration for the song and how the magic was created in the studio — plus two previously unreleased recordings — a studio recording of “Tearin’ It Up (And Burnin’ It Down)” and a duet version of “To Make You Feel My Love” with wife Trisha Yearwood.

Brooks will narrate National Geographic TV’s America’s National Parks starting August 29th. Shot using cutting-edge technology including long lens cinematography, remote camera traps and the latest high-resolution drone technology, the series will capture not only stunning landscapes and “frozen moments in time,” but intimate glimpses into the lives of the charismatic and intriguing animals that inhabit these parks.

This weekend marks the end of the North American run of The Stadium Tour with a stop at Houston’s NRG Stadium on Saturday, August 6th. He will take a month off before concluding with five sold out shows in Dublin, Ireland in September. Four hundred thousand tickets sold out within four hours, marking a new milestone for the country star who hasn’t performed in the city in 25 years.

Since the tour began in March 2019, Brooks has broken at least two dozen attendance records and has sold an average of 95,000 tickets in each city. His largest single show so far on this trek is Baton Rouge with a sell out of 102,000 ticket sellout in two hours which registered as a small earthquake during “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”

Brooks will open his Friends in Low Place Honky Tonk and Bar soon. No specific date on when the three-story, 40,000+ square foot property will officially open for entertainment.

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