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Mega-selling country singer Garth Brooks announced this morning that he was ending his eight-year retirement, and that he’d be embarking on an extended run at the Wynn Las Vegas casino and hotel. And apparently Brooks hasn’t let the recent woes of the record industry dampen his enthusiasm for the grand gesture: Reuters reports that immediately following his announcement, he transported reporters to an “undisclosed location” via private jet. Whoa. More »
I originally planned on ending my post about Red Roof Hotels with a reference to Garth Brooks’ “The Red Strokes,” a song from his 1993 album In Pieces that was never officially released to country radio despite an expensive video that allegedly took 5,000 gallons of paint, 12 white Stetson cowboy hats, 18 full tuxes, and six baby grand pianos to make. Maybe the fact that the video shows Garth bathing in sheets of blood as he screams “Passions uncaged! Thundering moments of tenderness rage!” had something to do with its less-than-aggressive promotion. (It was even left off Brooks’ Ultimate Hits DVD.) The clip and a description of its most horrifying moments wait below.