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11-29-2001, 08:57 AM
I'm bringing them all to you guys :)Brooks plays S. Padre benefit
Fans brave winter weather for CBS concert


Associated Press

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- Fans weathered damp northern gusts blowing across South Texas to see a much-anticipated Garth Brooks concert Wednesday night.

Alicia Wagner Calzada / Special to DMN
Jed Harting, of Minnesota, and Sally Lopez, of Weslaco, wait under a tarp to be admitted to the "Garth Brooks: Live, Coast to Coast," concert on Wednesday.
Taking the stage in a black cowboy hat and blue jeans, the country superstar said he ruled out postponing the show because of rainy weather after seeing how many fans had camped out on the beach since early morning.

"We've never played in anything like this," Brooks grinned to the thousands of fans crowding the bayside beach of South Padre Island.

The concert was the third and final show broadcast on CBS to promote "Scarecrow," the country music star's ninth and final album under contract with Capital Records.

The other shows were in Los Angeles and aboard the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier in Virginia. Singers Steve Wariner and Jerry Jeff Walker made guest appearances with the 39-year-old Brooks.

Chilled fans were bundled up in knit caps and blankets, while waiting to get into the show. Sarah Killough said her family traveled 12 hours from DeKalb and Waxahachie for the concert.

"It's worth it, for him," Killough said of her 6-year-old grandson, Dakota, who was born with fused vocal chords and uses sign language to sing Brooks' songs.

Ida Guajardo, a 35-year-old teacher from Mercedes, said she got up at 6 a.m. the first day entry wristbands were being distributed in order to catch the show.

"This is the greatest thing that ever happened to the Valley," she said.

"Scarecrow" debuted at the top of the charts last week and was the best debut of a country music project since his live album three years ago.

It was released on Nov. 13 and sold approximately 466,000 in its first week. Brooks' "Double Live" sold just over 1 million its first week in 1998.

Fans from as far as California and New Jersey trekked to the show, with Oklahoma dominating the out-of-state plates along Highway 100 to the island. About 25,000 fans were expected to attend.

For businesses and the 3,000 residents living on the island, the show was a welcome reprieve from two months of isolation following a deadly bridge collapse.

The midsection of the Queen Isabella Causeway was destroyed Sept. 15 when a tug boat with four barges slammed into a bridge support. Eight people were killed when their cars plummeted 85 feet into Laguna Madre below.

The causeway, which is the only link to mainland Texas, underwent $4.3 million in repairs and reopened last week, a month ahead of schedule

11-29-2001, 08:57 AM
Thanks again...any pics or a link to this article?


11-29-2001, 08:59 AM
Here ya go...just a pic of some fans, though


11-29-2001, 11:20 AM
Thanks for all of the articles BigGfan! :D


11-29-2001, 11:34 AM
Thanks for the article, boy do they look cold, but well worth it :)

Robin :) :)