On July 14, more than seven long months after his first hint at a tour, Garth Brooks finally revealed the key first date to his long-awaited 2014 venture. A fan-led social media announcement confirmed that Chicago will be the first city to host Brooks, and the following day, further details affirmed that the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill., will be the first city to host Brooks at its Allstate Arena on Sept. 4.
Chi-town!!! pic.twitter.com/IVwGCvcAbN— Andy Roberts (@TFMAndy) July 14, 2014
According to CMT, Brooks last performed in Rosemont 17 years ago with a string of eight sold-out shows at the same venue. Although Brooks has not yet confirmed additional dates for Allstate Arena, the venue’s calendar is wide open for a full 11 days after the first confirmed concert on Sept. 4. In terms of arenas, Allstate is fairly small with a capacity just over 18,000, so it’s very possible Brooks may elect to add more dates in Chicago before continuing his tour elsewhere.
The upcoming dates will mark Brook’s first full-fledged venture since he went into retirement in 2001 to spend more time with his family. In the ensuing years, the singer performed at numerous one-off benefit concerts and special events, and he also spent several months performing solo and full-band concerts in Las Vegas. Now the singer-songwriter will be returning to the road to reignite the energy that has made him the third best-selling musician in the U.S.--with over 134 million albums sold, Brooks only stands behind Elvis and The Beatles.
Although it’s unclear when the GRAMMY Award-winning country singer will announce additional cities for his Garth Brooks World Tour, it has been confirmed that his wife, fellow country artist Trisha Yearwood, is scheduled to join for the venture. It was rumored that the two artists are planning to release their first joint album sometime soon, but details are still pending on new collaborative music.
While fans await details of a new release with Yearwood, Brooks’ July 10 press release did confirm that the “Friends in Low Places” singer has signed a new record deal with Sony Music/RCA Nashville and that he expects to drop a new solo album sometime near Black Friday in November. Additionally, his music is expected to be available digitally for the first time through his website sometime in the next few weeks.