On Aug. 7, 1997, Garth Brooks made history with his famous concert in New York City’s Central Park, where an estimated 1 million people attended the once-in-a-lifetime event. The resulting HBO special, Garth: Live from Central Park, was the most-watched special on cable television in 1997 with 14.6 million television viewers. The special was nominated for six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Performance in a Series or Musical Program, as well as Outstanding Variety, Musical or Comedy Special.
Brooks is gearing up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this concert by exclusively streaming highlights Garth: Live from Central Park on social selling and online networking talkshoplive on Sunday. Brooks will go live from Studio G in Nashville during this special talkshop live event to cut in and offer live commentary while showcasing some of his favorite moments from the 1997 concert. Footage of Brooks’ 1997 concert was previously included in Brooks’ 2006 The entertainer collection.
“Time is the friend of all good things, and the Central Park concert will forever remain a HUGE chapter in our history,” Brooks said in a statement.
In addition to the upcoming TalkShopLive special, Brooks is also nearing the release of The Anthology, Part II, offering insights from his career and personal life from 1996-2001. The upcoming book delves into the stories behind the recording sessions for Brooks’ albums, including: Healthy horses, Double Live and Seven — including a chronicle of the reason for the delay in the release of Seven album. Brooks also recounts his famous 24-hour signing sessions during Fan Fair 1996. The book also includes a six-disc set of highlights from albums released during that time, including two previously unreleased recordings.