NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--April 20, 1998--On Saturday (April 18) Garth Brooks sold over 60,000 tickets for three shows set for May 15-17 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Brooks broke the venue's previous ticket sales record which he set himself in November 1993 (two shows -- 45,182 tickets). Trisha Yearwood will be Brooks' special guest at the concerts.
While Brooks was on tour in Houston recently, he received a special presentation from Colonel Bill MacArthur, Chief of the Astronaut Office Flight Support Branch. MacArthur was Mission Specialist on NASA's mission STS-74 to the Russian Space Station Mir from November 12-20, 1995. He took a CD copy of Brooks' ``The Hits'' on the mission, which covered 3.4 million miles, and presented the CD to Brooks at his press conference in Houston. The CD was accompanied by photos of MacArthur holding the disc in the shuttle and the space station, as well as a certificate of authenticity from NASA. The CD itself is stamped by the Commander, Pilot, and third cosmonaut making up the Russian crew on Mir at the time. MacArthur has logged 354 orbits of the earth, and traveled 9.2 million miles in 22 days, 4 hours, 44 minutes and 45 seconds.
Brooks will perform with Steve Wariner on the Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday, April 22, on CBS. Brooks is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (for ``Sevens''), and Vocal Event of the Year (with Trisha Yearwood for ``In Another's Eyes'').
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