May 27--Country music legend Loretta Lynn broke records in Shelby months before arriving.
Tickets for the Queen of Country Music made for record sales at the Don Gibson Theater, said Don Gibson Theatre Executive Director Stan Lowery.
"We sold over 518 tickets on the very first day," Lowery said. "Our previous record was Travis Tritt which was about 300 in one day."
The Don Gibson has sold all of the $85 tickets in the first 12 rows and only have a few left of the $65 and $45 tickets. They have the most availability of the $30 tickets, he said.
Along with Cleveland County residents, tickets have been sold to residents of Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia and South Carolina. Two tickets were also sold overseas.
"We sold two tickets to a couple from Frankfurt, Germany," Lowery said.
Local mayors already purchased tickets and invitations were sent to senators, he said.
The Don Gibson Theater holds only 400 seats, which is why the location for the concert was moved to Malcolm Brown Auditorium at Shelby High School. Lowery says just over 1,000 seats are available.
Some artists do two shows in one day, but with the size of this show, Lynn could only do one, he said.
"Loretta Lynn is very busy and is traveling on tours all over the county," Lowery said.
Several people buying tickets have talked about seeing Lynn at other concerts, or when she performed in the Shelby City Park gym in the mid-1960s, Lowery said.
"This is the largest show I have ever booked," Lowery previously told the Star. "I am very excited about this show."
Lynn's career spans over 50 years, including a 1980 biopic starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones.
Her songs "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)," "Fist City," "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Trouble in Paradise" topped the U.S. charts at number one.
Want to go?
Loretta Lynn performs in Shelby at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at Malcolm Brown Auditorium, Shelby High School.
Tickets range from $85 to $30
Call the Don Gibson for more information at 704- 487-8114
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