A charity concert planned by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood set a Tennessee record for ticket sales on Saturday.

140,000 tickets were sold in one day to the concerts, which will benefit victims of Nashville’s devastating floods that killed 22 people and caused $2 billion damage in May. Ticket sales have already raised $3.5 million for the charity.

For the first time since 1998, Garth Brooks is returning to Nashville to perform Friday, December 17th, 7:00 p.m., at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, benefiting The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in support of all those affected by the disastrous flooding this past spring.

Garth Brooks had this to say, "I have watched with great pride how the volunteer state has pulled together to rise above the damage suffered by the floods. It was a small church sign in Hendersonville that changed my life decades ago when I read, ‘Character is not created in crisis…it is revealed.’ Tennessee has shown amazing character through all of this and it is an honor to get to be a part of the healing process.

“Nashville is what young people dream of. As Miss Ellen said: disaster is only a disaster until the next one comes along. If you come to Vegas you’ll see Garth Brooks and a guitar. If you come to Nashville you’ll see the band and me as you know us with the lighting and sound that you know. We are following in the footsteps of who already set the example. We are all Tennesseans helping Tennessee.”

“The generous spirit of the music industry has been a tremendous help in Nashville’s recovery, not only through direct financial support of telethons and concerts, but also by showing the world that we’re still Music City and that we’re open for business,” Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. “I appreciate Garth for using his talent and resources to bring attention to the ongoing needs of our community and state as we work hard to recover, and for holding an event that will draw visitors from around the country to come experience all that Nashville has to offer.”

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