This past Wednesday, Melissa called me on her way home from work to tell me they had just announced on WDRM that Garth Brooks was going to play a benefit concert in Nashville on December 17 and asked if I would look up the information on it. I went to the website and it confirmed what she had heard - ONE show, December 17th, with Trisha, all proceeds to benefit the Nashville flood relief efforts - and tickets would only be $25. Tickets were to go on sale on Saturday, 11/6/10 at 10:00am CDT.
I immediately called Jenn because that is the weekend that her and Tom and the kids are supposed to travel down here for the holidays - and I just knew she would want to go! We worked out the logistics and made plans for Jenn, Tom, Harvey and myself all to be on-line Saturday to try and get 6 tickets. We waited, 10:00 came and nothing happened. About 10:02 we were able to select tickets but the show sold out in about 3 or 4 minutes so we didn't get tickets. We decided to just hit refresh for a few minutes and keep trying in case some people didn't actually purchase tickets. Jenn finally got ONE ticket - she bought it hoping we might get some others. Then, they posted a second show - it promptly sold-out just as quickly. Hitting refresh, I noticed a third show added for Sunday evening and selected six tickets, entered the security words, and lo and behold, I got ALL SIX TICKETS! Didn't even worry about seat location but we actually ended up getting decent seats - about center of the arena, half way up.
Garth had hinted that he would be open to adding another show if the demand was there - but I never dreamed they would end up with a total of 9 shows in 6 days. A similar thing happened the last time we went to see Garth. We had to wait in line for the wristband, went back to get a place in line. Harvey ended up 8th in line and he was the last person at that location to get tickets. This was for Garth's final concert in 1998 at Reed Arena, Texas A&M University. Garth ended up adding 3 or 4 additional shows to that venue prior to the announced "last show."
So, now that I've bored you with my story about getting Garth tickets, let me show you the first layout I've completed. This is the left page - the right page is just going to have scans of all of our tickets and I haven't printed them off of the ticketmaster site yet.
I created svgs to cut the circle G logo, the Garth silhouette, music notes and the guitar. The strip at the bottom of the page is printed with a marquee type font - can't remember which one - then inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I turned a small section of sheet music for "Unanswered Prayers" to sepia tone, printed it on matte photo paper and tore the edges. Papers are from The Paper Loft and Cosmo Cricket - some old stuff I had on hand.