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Garth Brooks performs surprise St. Patrick’s Day show in Texas

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 2:58 AM

Country singer Garth Brooks played a surprise show Friday night at The Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas.
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Garth Brooks doesn’t officially take the stage at the Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, until Saturday, but he capped a day that included a South by Southwest keynote and the reveal of his new single with a surprise acoustic show at the Broken Spoke Friday night.

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Strolling on the stage promptly at 11 p.m. wearing a Lone Star Beer T-Shirt with a flannel and a Garth Brooks hat, the country superstar immediately launched into “Friends in Low Places.”

What followed was a speedy 40-minute set that included 17 songs, mostly his, that the capacity crowd of old fans and young Spring Breakers was all too happy to sing along and dance to.

Brooks looked ecstatic on stage, and some fans in the crowd happily lucked into the St. Patrick’s Day show, arriving without knowing he was even going to be there.

After closing with early hit “The Dance,” he returned to do a quick rendition of “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”

“If the honky tonks were like this that I was in, I never would’ve left them,” he said as he left the stage.

Brooks plays Saturday night. Tickets are sold out.

7 things to consider before your next concert

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:16 AM

After a bomb detonated at a concert in Manchester, England, killing and injuring dozens, KIRO-TV asked a retired FBI agent what he thinks about and prepares for at large events. 

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Retired FBI agent David Gomez said people should think about the following before attending a concert, sporting event or large gathering: 

1. Don’t push through crowds to exit at the end of the show.

While many fans are eager to beat the traffic, Gomez said he intentionally hangs back. 

“I’m usually in no hurry to leave. Let the big crowds progress first. Let me have a clear space where I can watch,” Gomez said. 

He said it’s harder to be aware of your surroundings when you’re shoulder to shoulder with the crowd. If someone on the outside is waiting to target a large group of people leaving a venue, the person will generally attack the first wave of people out the door. 

2. Before the show starts, find the closest exit.

Before the concert starts, look around for the closest exit. This might sometimes be a door toward the back of the venue, away from the doors where people entered. 

Gomez compared it to the way he sometimes chooses where to sit in a restaurant: “We pick a table that’s away from the front door and close to the exit, rear door, so I know if somebody’s going to come in the front door and rob the establishment, or is going to shoot somebody in the establishment, I have an exit that’s not close to the front door.” 

If someone enters through the back door, Gomez said he still has a clear line to the front door. 

3. Note the security staff closest to you. 

Know where they are in case you need to report suspicious activity or ask for help. In case of an emergency, they will likely be issuing instructions. 

4. Discuss a meeting place for your group if you get separated.

Make plans ahead of time so that if you are separated from your party, everyone knows where to meet. Members of your group should know that the spot might be adjusted if there is a threat inside the venue vs. the outside. 

5. Observe who and what is around you -- not what’s on your phone screen.

Matthew McLellan, a student on Mercer Island, told KIRO-TV he has attended concerts where many people are on their phones. He said he likes to send Snapchat photos to share his concert experience. 

But McLellan said that because of this week’s attack, he’ll be thinking twice. 

“It was shocking,” McLellan said. “Just seeing the numbers (of casualties) increase every couple of hours just hurts me.” 

6. If something happens and you can’t find an exit, shelter in place. 

Gomez said one girl who attended the concert in Manchester was reported to have stayed in her spot on the third level of the venue because she couldn’t find an easy way out. Police eventually entered the building to help people get out.

7. Before you go, check the venue website for specific entry rules.

Some venues require clear bags only; some performers specifically call for no use of cellphones. Read the information on your ticket and on the venue website carefully before you leave the house so you won’t be turned away at the door or kicked out. 

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Adele, Pearl Jam, Dolly Parton among stars on Brandi Carlile's 'Cover Stories' benefit album

Published: Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

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Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile pulled out all of the stops to load up her benefit album with top talent, and she succeeded. Adele, Pearl Jam, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers and the Indigo Girls are just some of the music legends and contemporary stars appearing on the album.

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She even snagged former President Barack Obama, but don't worry, he doesn't sing. Obama provides a foreword to the album, "Cover Stories," which is a benefit for War Child, a UK-based charity that assists children in areas facing conflict. Carlile was able to snag Obama for the record because of her connections with former White House photographer Pete Souza.

The album features fresh takes on Brandi Carlile's well-received 2007 album, "The Story." Songs from the album have appeared on TV shows and commercials, and the album was certified gold earlier this year, according to The New York Times

"Cover Stories" is out now. All proceeds will benefit War Child.

Listen to Glen Campbell's farewell song, 'Adios'

Published: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 12:08 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: Glen Campbell performs during the Alzheimer's Association Evening with Glen Campbell at The Library of Congress on May 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
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Before the release of country legend Glen Campbell's final album, "Adios," fans can now listen to the title track.

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Acclaimed songwriter Jimmy Webb wrote "Adios," which was a hit for Linda Ronstadt in 1990. According to friends, Campbell has long loved the song, but never had the chance to record it.

Webb told Rolling Stone that when he heard Campbell's recording, he cried.

"Adios" will be released June 9.

Country legend Glen Campbell to release final album, 'Adios'

Published: Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 12:41 PM

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 03: Glen Campbell performs during The Goodbye Tour at the Ryman Auditorium on January 3, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images)
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Country music legend Glen Campbell is releasing a final collection of studio recordings, aptly titled, "Adios."

Campbell, who went public with his Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in 2011, has not performed live or recorded music since 2012. The songs that make up "Adios" were recorded shortly after Campbell's final tour in 2011, according to Rolling Stone.

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The album features songs that Campbell loved but had never had the opportunity to record, including "Everybody's Talkin'" by Harry Nilsson. Willie Nelson and Vince Gill make special appearances on the album. Campbell's children also perform on the record.

Kim Campbell, Glen's wife, shared the news of the new album on the official Glen Campbell Facebook page.