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Brooks going to town with VH1 spec

Taking a page from the Paul McCartney album promotion playbook, country phenom Garth Brooks will host a town hall meeting Aug. 4 that will be telecast on VH1.

The crooner will field questions about his upcoming HBO special, a live concert broadcast from New York’s Central Park on Aug. 7, and his upcoming album, the release of which has been put on hold temporarily amid restructuring at his record label’s corporate parent.

“Garth Brooks: Town Hall Live” will emanate from VH1’s New York studios and will be simulcast on the Internet through America Online, allowing fans to submit questions. An 800 number will also be established.

Brooks is also expected to strap on a guitar and preview tracks from the upcoming Capitol Nashville disc “7” — the singer’s seventh studio album — as well as answer queries about his influences.

Brooks recently taped a segment of the cabler’s popular “Storytellers” series, which marked a coup of sorts for the singer as the program had previously dealt with pop icons such as the BeeGees and James Taylor.

McCartney used the cabler to tout the arrival of his latest Capitol Records disc, “Flaming Pie,” through a May 17 town hall spec.

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