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This Is Garth Brooks

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This Is Garth Brooks

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Garth Brooks
director:
Bud Schaetzle
distributor:
NBC
genre:
musical

We gave it a B

When this concert aired on NBC in January, it looked spontaneous — Garth Brooks roaring across the stage, throwing water on his band, snatching a camera from a fan and snapping a picture of her. Now This Is Garth Brooks seems as choreographed as Broadway, but it’s still fun. Indeed, the emphasis is more on party than on music — Brooks diddles the crowd into a frenzy so they won’t care that his musicians are the most mediocre ever to back a superstar and that he throws away his vocals with self-parody. Still, thanks to Brooks’ showmanship and Bud Schaetzle’s dazzling direction, things mostly work. In his futuristic shirt and headset, the singer looks like a swollen Captain Kirk, the wackiest explorer on country’s hippest frontier. B

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