Garth Brooks, who has made no secret of his goal to sell more records than The Beatlesno matter how historically ignorant the pursuit or how many substandard, repackaged, or cheap, gimmick-oriented releases he has to foist on the publichas now become obsessed with another benchmark of Fab Four-level superstardom: the armed attack by a deranged ”fan.“
Since John Lennon was killed and George Harrison was stabbed by the unbalanced and homicidal, Brooks has let it be known to his inner circle that he wants the statusthough not the dangerof such an attack.
”He doesn’t want to be really hurt, but since George [Harrison] was knifed by that intruder, Garth has gotten it in his head that an attack would be another way to try to put himself on a par with The Beatles,“ said a source at Brooks’ label, Capitol Nashville.
”If it’s good enough for The Beatles, it’s good enough for me,“ Brooks reportedly told his publicity team.
One possible scenario under discussion would have Brooks being photographed autographing an album for the would-be attacker, then having the ”attack“ take place at Brooks’ rambling Oklahoma estate, where he would heroically fight off and chase away the ”attacker,“ receiving superficial wounds in the process.
Then, several weeks later, he would have a tearful session with Barbara Walters, where he would talk about how much he identifies with John and George, discuss how much he loves his family, and announce the release of his new CD, Survivor.
”Garth knows how to move product,“ a Music Row source said admiringly. ”I’ll bet George Harrison won’t even talk to Barbara Walters after he’s recovered.“
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