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Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood to perform requests on live TV special

CBS will air the special, “Garth and Trisha: Live!” to help lift spirits during the coronavirus pandemic.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform in a live music special Wednesday night on CBS.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform in a live music special Wednesday night on CBS.
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LOS ANGELES — Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood will be taking viewer requests during a live prime-time show this week filmed at their home.

CBS will air the special, “Garth and Trisha: Live!” at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

In an announcement Sunday, CBS says the country stars will perform “an intimate concert for viewers looking for the comfort and shared joy of music during this difficult time.”

The inspiration came from a live show that Brooks performed from his studio last week that attracted millions of viewers and caused Facebook Live to crash multiple times.

With millions of Americans staying at home to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus, performers are turning to live streamed concerts to reach fans and lift spirits. John Legend, Keith Urban and John Mayer are among the stars who have performed virtual concerts.

CBS says the special will be filmed with a minimal crew that will take social distancing precautions.

“We’re seeing how big things can be when we all do them as one. In addition to the special, we and CBS will donate $1 million to charities to be determined, combating the COVID-19 virus,” the country superstars said in a statement announcing the special.

Last week, Brooks and Yearwood hosted a similar at-home concert via Brooks’ Facebook Live show, “Inside Studio G.” More than 5 million viewers tuned in, which repeatedly caused the platform to crash.

Contributing: Miriam Di Nunzio, Sun-Times