By Kurt Wolff
The wait is over. After more than a dozen years in “retirement” from the concert stage, Garth Brooks announced today (July 14) that his much-anticipated world tour will kick off in Chicago.
The first show on the Garth Brooks World Tour takes place Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemount, Ill. Trisha Yearwood is on the bill as well, and tickets go on sale July 25. CBS Chicago’s US99.5 (a Radio.com station) has the exclusive announcement and all the ticket details.
The news of the tour have come via a convoluted route. Garth initially posted a tease on his website that he had a major announcement coming. That announcement then turned to be for a live press conference (yes, it was an announcement for an announcement). During that event (on July 10), he divulged that he’d be embarking on a world tour (which he first dropped news about earlier this year), making his catalog available digitally and recording a new album.
“The album is going to hopefully be released somewhere around Black Friday,” Brooks said during the press conference. “The new record I think is what we traditionally know as a double album. I’m getting my ass kicked by these new songwriters today. We’re cutting everything except Garth stuff. The level of songwriting stunned me.”
And, he added, “the first single might be one of the greatest statements ever. This album also holds a song on there that…I shouldn’t say this, that might have taken the place of ‘The Dance’ for me as my favorite Garth Brooks song. I didn’t write it but it’s a beautiful song.”
When will the album and digital content drop? And where will the tour go after Chicago? That news is all still yet to come, so stay tuned.