Brooks fo­cused on live show, box set – mum on come­back

The Washington Times Daily - - Television - BY MIKE CI­DONI LEN­NOX

LOS AN­GE­LES Garth Brooks isn’t ready to talk specifics about his loom­ing come­back, but there should be more than enough mu­sic this week to sate the coun­try su­per­star’s fans for a while.

Mr. Brooks is set to re­lease an eight­disc box set Thurs­day, then will broad­cast his Las Ve­gas show live on CBS on Fri­day night. Both are an ex­am­i­na­tion of the Ok­la­homa singer’s mu­si­cal roots with cov­ers of songs that have in­flu­enced him.

Mr. Brooks was in Los An­ge­les on Tues­day to talk about both projects, and ad­mit­ted he was wor­ried about giv­ing fans a lit­tle too much Garth.

The 51-year-old said he and wife Tr­isha Year­wood and his chil­dren will push Thanks­giv­ing to Satur­day, “which means I might have an ice cube [on Thurs­day],” he said, chuck­ling. “Dude, when you’re 260 [pounds] you’re al­ways watch­ing your weight and, for some rea­son, you think you’re go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence the day be­fore by not eat­ing.”

The two-hour “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Ve­gas” will em­u­late the mostly solo show Mr. Brooks played dur­ing a three-year run at the Wynn Las Ve­gas.

The new box set will re­flect that show. Ti­tled “Blame It All On My Roots,” the box con­tains four new stu­dio al­bums fea­tur­ing Mr. Brooks’ cover ver­sions of record­ings that shaped him as an artist — re­veal­ing an ar­ray of influences in­clud­ing Ge­orge Jones, Gla­dys Knight and the Pips, and Bob Seger.

The box also in­cludes a rere­lease of the 2007 two-disc com­pi­la­tion “The Ul­ti­mate Hits” with a bonus track called “Leave a Light On” and a DVD with a two-hour pre­sen­ta­tion of the one-man con­cert. The eighth disc in­cludes Mr. Brooks’ mu­sic videos.

It’s priced at just $24.96, and can be bought only at Wal-Mart, its sis­ter re­tailer Sam’s Club and wal­mart.com. Mr. Brooks says his feel­ings about iTunes haven’t changed, so he won’t make the set avail­able as a down­load or stream.

“So, un­til they change or I change,” Mr. Brooks said, “or some other com­pany comes and gives them some com­pe­ti­tion, then I don’t think you’re ever go­ing to see us on iTunes.”

Mr. Brooks said he isn’t ready to talk the fu­ture be­yond Fri­day yet.

The youngest of the three daugh­ters of the su­per­star and his ex-wife, song­writer Sandy Mahl, is set to grad­u­ate from high school in the spring and then get ready for col­lege. Mr. Brooks mostly re­tired in 2001 near the height of his pop­u­lar­ity to be with his daugh­ters.

“It says that Sandy, Tr­isha and my­self did what we promised each other we would do,” Mr. Brooks said, by putting the chil­dren first.

Soon it will be their turn, but Mr. Brooks spoke in gen­er­al­i­ties about what he and Miss Year­wood will be do­ing with their free time.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Garth Brooks is set to re­lease an eight-disc box set Thurs­day, then will broad­cast a two-hour “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Ve­gas” on CBS on Fri­day night.

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