Garth Brooks holding press conference Sept 4th in Rosemont, IL

Garth Brooks is set to hold a press conference on Thursday, September 4th at Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, IL.

The press conference will precede the first of 11 shows Brooks has slated for the opening city of his long-awaited comeback tour with wife Trisha Yearwood.

No word on what Brooks will discuss, but it’s likely he will be speaking with local media, much like he did during each stop of his last tour in the ’90s.

In other Brooks news, wife Trisha Yearwood tells Nashville Kat that fans can expect the duets album that has been discussed for years now that the pair are on the same label of Sony Music Nashville.

Brooks is also slated to drop his new single, “People Loving People,” to radio next week, likely on September 2nd or 3rd, in support of the tour launch. The track, reminiscent of “We Shall Be Free,” will be included on Brooks’ double album set for release on or around Black Friday. Rumor has it that 23 songs have already been recorded with the G-Men, Brooks’ long time studio musicians, with four to five more recorded with other studio legends not normally heard on Brooks’ records. No word on how many tracks will be included or if any retail exclusives (Walmart anyone?) will be released.

Other rumors indicate that Brooks will issue the new single as part of a package digital deal of his previous records. This package is rumored to be $29.95 and include much of his back catalog when Brooks releases his music digitally for the first time ever only at as complete albums. Since Brooks is not a fan of selling individual singles, it’s also possible the single would only only be available early as an incentive to pre-order the new album digitally when that is announced. No word on what albums will be included or if any digital exclusives will be included as well. Also, no release date has been set, although it’s possible that could be next week with the tour.

Brooks is also reissuing nine catalog albums on CD through Sony’s Legacy label on September 16th. Garth Brooks, No Fences, Ropin’ The Wind, The Chase, In Pieces, Fresh Horses, Sevens, Scarecrow and The Ultimate Hits will be available at all retail outlets through the distribution deal with his Pearl Records. This will be the first time these albums have been available at all retailers since Brooks’ first teamed up with Walmart as an exclusive retailer for distribution in 2005. Each album has been reissued several times previously in various configurations.

Like always, we will update you when further information becomes available.

Garth Brooks | No Fences | Ropin’ The Wind | The Chase | In Pieces | Fresh Horses | Sevens | Scarecrow | The Ultimate Hits

Author: Buddy Iahn

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