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Country music singer Garth Brooks will perform five concerts over two days, a rare endeavor in the music industry, to raise $3 million for the McCormick Tribune Foundation's Southern California 2008 Fire Relief Campaign.

The proceeds will benefit victims of the wildfires that devastated parts of Los Angeles and San Diego last October and November, as well as provide equipment and financial support for Southern California fire departments.

This Friday, January 25, Brooks will perform the first concert at 6pm and follow with the second at 10pm. Then on Saturday he will play at 1pm, 5pm, and 9pm, all at STAPLES Center (owned by AEG) in Los Angeles.

Impressed with Brook’s determination to contribute in a big way, AEC president and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke, said, “I am proud to call [Brooks] our partner, but even more proud to call him my friend.”

Tickets to all five concerts sold out in just under an hour.

“It’s a beautiful thing when everyone pulls together,” Brooks told reporters. “California just raised a ton of money for their own.”

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