NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--March 24, 1998--On Saturday (March 21) Garth Brooks sold out five shows at the Compaq Center (formerly called The Summit) in Houston, TX. Fans snatched up over 78,000 tickets in less than 2 1/2 hours for the shows that are scheduled for April 7-11.
Brooks' first show sold out in 11 minutes, marking the fastest sellout for the arena. Brooks also broke the record for most tickets and most shows sold in one day for the venue. Prince sold four shows in one day in January 1985.
In other Brooks news, he will perform on NBC's ``The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'' on March 30 and ``The Rosie O'Donnell Show'' on April 1 (syndicated).
``Performance'' magazine reported in its March 20 issue that Brooks was among the artists ranked highest in a study asking which musical artists would still be performing 30 years from now. The study, commissioned by Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, posed the question to college freshmen, who will be the first college graduating class in the new millennium. Joining Brooks at the top of the list were Boyz II Men, Dave Matthews Band, U2, Phish, Metallica and Pearl Jam.
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