7:31am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Garth Brooks to Perform Live Concert on CBS
Garth Brooks will perform what is being called a "rare live broadcast concert special" on CBS next month.
The telecast, set to air from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, will mark the final performance of the country singer's Wynn Las Vegas show, which has played to sold-out audiences for the past three years.
The special will feature Brooks, in an intimate setting, paying tribute to the musicians he grew up listening to along with those who have influenced him, including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Simon & Garfunkle, James Taylor, Otis Redding, Bob Seger and George Strait. Throughout the show, Brooks will perform some of their classic songs and show how they influenced his greatest hits.
"Blame it all on my roots," said Brooks in a nod to his hit, "Friends in Low Places." He continued: "This is the soundtrack of my life. Growing up the last of six kids, music was the life blood of our family. And as you can imagine, Mom, Dad and each kid had his or her own favorite stuff, and it all funneled down to me."
Added Jack Sussman, CBS' executive vp specials and events: "Garth will give the audience a rare opportunity to not only hear his classic hits, but also the music that became the soundtrack of his life and how those influences from the country, rock and pop worlds set him on the road to become the biggest-selling solo artist in history."