Chicago suburb paid Garth Brooks more than $1 million to launch his comeback tour last year at Allstate Arena, records show, but officials say the village made twice that much.
According to an agreement between the municipality and the singer’s longtime promoter, Brooks received $1,050,000 as a “rebate” for holding 11 kickoff shows at the arena. The disclosure ended the village’s five-month legal battle to keep secret the financial details surrounding Brooks’ record-breaking concert stand, which sold more than 183,500 tickets. Records show the village paid Brooks $1 million for 10 sold-out shows, per the agreement signed in September 2013. One of his concerts did not sell out, so he received a $50,000 payment for that performance, officials said.
The documents’ release comes nearly a month after the Illinois attorney general’s office ruled that the village violated state open-records laws when it refused to provide the Chicago Tribune a copy of the agreement.
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