Garth Brooks announces 2014 tour after ending Las Vegas residency

By Daniel S Levine,

Country music legend Garth Brooks plans on hitting the road next year, confirming rumors that the best-selling artist would come out of retirement.

Brooks appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America today to promote Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, his latest release. The six-disc set is a collection of covers, his greatest hits plus a DVD of his Las Vegas performance. Although the set was only available at Walmart and cost $24.96, it still sold 164,000 copies.

“You know what, since it’s you and since we’ve had a history forever, let’s announce it. We’re going on a world tour in 2014,” Brooks told anchor Robin Roberts. “I can’t believe I just did that but you are a doll.”

The 51-year-old Brooks joked that the new tour would probably be a “wheelchair and walker tour kind of thing.”

Brooks had stepped aside from the music business in 2000 to focus on his life with wife Trisha Yearwood and their three daughters. He limited his performances to a residency at the Wynn Las Vegas, which ended last month with a CBS broadcast.

Although it means spending time away from the family, Brooks said that, “It sure feels good to get to throw your hat back in the ring.” He said that Yearwood and his children both approve of the idea. “So now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music. I get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood.”

While the full details of the world tour haven’t been posted on his site yet, Brooks said that Wynn has allowed him to perform two January shows there with a full band before the world tour starts. “Wynn has allowed me to keep that room as a laboratory type of thing so I’m going to bring the band out there and let the band experience this room,” the singer said.

image: CBS


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