Garth Brooks has finally confirmed that he will embark on a world tour in 2014. Brooks has been pretty quite about his future plans while on his recent media tour to promote his new Walmart exclusive boxed set Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences. However, Brooks spoke with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday morning confirming the news fans and industry execs have been speculating since the singer’s self-imposed retirement in 2001.
“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,” he said before expressing the shock of the unscripted reveal. “I can’t believe I just did that, but you are a doll.”
Before making the announcement live on air, Brooks stated that an announcement would be coming “very soon.” He also confirmed that he is speaking with radio this week but didn’t elaborate.
“It sure feels good to get to throw your hat back in the ring. All my babies are fine with it. Ms. [wife Trisha] Yearwood is fine with it. 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 no dates or venues were announced during the interview, rumors have been circulating via the Garth Brooks fan site, Planet Garth, that multiple dates have already been booked for next summer in Ireland. It’s possible the tour could start overseas, although it’s more likely it would start in the spring in the US and trek overseas for the summer before returning back to the States in the fall.
“It sure feels good to get to throw your hat back in the ring. All my babies are fine with it.”
Brooks confirmed to CBS’ The Talk on Monday afternoon that 2014 is the start of a planned three year world tour.
Brooks also told the ladies of ABC’s The View on Monday that “something huge” would be announced before the tour which has sparked more speculation that a new studio album or some huge one time only concert is planned to coincide with the world tour.
Brooks returns to the Encore Theatre stage at the Wynn Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on January 3rd and 4th for four concerts with his full band as “Garth Brooks: The Man, His Band and His Music.” As expected, all four shows sold out within minutes when they went on sale on December 6th.
Also, Great American Country will world premiere the new Garth Brooks/Trisha Yearwood duet, “The Call,” on Tuesday, December 10th, during the hours of 9 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm, all times Eastern. The performance is from the DVD Blame it All on My Roots, Live at The Wynn and was directed by Jon Small. “The Call” is written by Karyn Rochelle and Cory Batten.