Garth Brooks to Sing in Private at Las Vegas Event

Announcement That He Would Do Public Concert a "Misunderstanding"

Garth Brooks will sing at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday night (July 16), not on Friday, as was recently advertised, and it will be at a private gathering, not in a public concert. That’s the word from Brooks’ official spokesperson.

It was announced earlier — even on the unofficial but in-the-know Planet Garth Web site — that the superstar would do a Face to Face With Garth Brooks benefit show for his charity, Teammates for Kids, on Friday (July 15). Tickets, which were said to be available directly from the Mirage, were set at $500 each.

Then the rumor came that Brooks had canceled the show because of a scheduling conflict and that ticket buyers would have their money refunded.

“Garth didn’t cancel anything,” Brooks’ spokesperson told Wednesday (July 13). “There was simply a misunderstanding. There was never going to be a public concert Friday night. Garth is simply doing what he’s done for the last several years. He will say thank you musically to the players and supporters of Teammates for Kids [on] Saturday night.”

The spokesperson conceded that “say[ing] thank you musically” is another way of saying that Brooks will sing at the meeting. But Brooks singing, she contends, is not the same as Brooks giving a concert.

The Mirage confirms the Saturday event is still scheduled. No one answered at the Face to Face ticket phone line.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to