GARTH'S 4TH OF JULY PLANS

Recently Garth Brooks spoke about his upcoming participation in Philadelphia's Fourth of July celebration. Unlike his previous appearances in that city for his sold-out concerts in 1998, Brooks will be part of the Sunoco Welcome America Celebration. He and other big-names in show business including Kathy Bates, Morgan Freeman, and Mel Gibson will take part in a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Brooks expressed his excitement about being chosen for the event: "When I was first contacted about Norman Lears 4th of July celebration and the reading of the Declaration of Independence, I was very excited for several reasons. First, it was Norman Lear, someone whose reputation speaks for itself and someone who has been very kind to me in my career. Second, the chance to be associated with the quality of names he already has involved with the project is flattering. And third, it's an incredible historic event. When Norman and I talked, he asked me to sing a song after the reading, and he was sweet enough to create an epilogue to the Declaration for me to read, as well. I feel very lucky to be a part of this celebration and to be in Philadelphia on our nation's birthday. What song we will be doing and who we may be doing it with is still to be determined."

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