NASHVILLE, Tenn.--March 2, 1998--While Garth Brooks was in New York Saturday (Feb. 28) preparing for his duties as host and musical guest of ``Saturday Night Live,'' his fans in Chapel Hill, N.C., purchased over 40,000 tickets for two sold-out shows at the UNC Dean Smith Center. The shows are scheduled for April 3 and 4. Brooks broke the venue's ticket sales record he set himself in 1992 (one show/20,602 tickets).
Over the last two weeks Brooks has sold out a total of eight shows in North Carolina. In addition to Chapel Hill, he sold out two shows in Charlotte at the Charlotte Coliseum (March 20-21/46,500 tickets) and four shows in Winston-Salem at the Joel Memorial Coliseum (March 25-28/50,000 tickets).
In other Garth news, ``The Oprah Winfrey Show'' will air a pre-taped segment tomorrow (March 3) where he reveals details of his donation to Oprah's Angel Network. When he appeared on the show February 9, Brooks promised to donate his earnings from that week's sales of ``Sevens'' to the network, which will help fund college scholarships for needy students. Later that week Brooks revealed that he would extend the offer for each week in which the album sold over 100,000 units.
Also tomorrow, Brooks will make a special guest appearance via satellite in a comedic sketch on NBC's ``The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.''
Brooks' all-new, two-hour NBC special, ``Garth Brooks: Ireland and Back,'' airs Wednesday, March 4, at 8:00 P.M. (EST).
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