While appearing on nearly a dozen different TV outlets this week alone, including a performance of “Night Moves” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, Brooks has given vague responses about his future music plans. That was until he chatted with Entertainment Tonight (ET) reporter Nancy O’Dell who unveiled what many Brooks’ fans have been speculating since the singer went into a self-imposed retirement in 2001 to raise his three daughters with his ex-wife and current wife, fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood.
O’Dell started to hint at the announcement which struck Brooks, “If you’re going where I think you’re going, our statement has always been the same: We got one baby left in high school and then we’ll figure out what’s left for me and Ms. Yearwood.”
Brooks’ lucky number has always been seven. He was born on February 7th and named his seventh studio album Sevens which was released in 1997. Brooks stated that the year 2014 numerically adds up to a seven (2+0+1+4) and grinned before O’Dell hesitated, “Oh, seven is a lucky number for him and a name of an album. Interesting!”
“We got one baby left in high school and then we’ll figure out what’s left for me and Ms. Yearwood.”
Brooks’ response pretty much led to an official unofficial announcement, “Okay, now you’re gettin’ it!” while surrounded by laughter between the two.
O’Dell continued, “I’m just going to go ahead and announce it: He’s coming out of retirement!” to which Brooks nodded. O’Dell then questioned, “For me?” and Brooks responded, “For you, yes!”
Fans were shocked when Brooks announced the new boxed set on the Great American Country special Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences on November 9th. The Music Universe was the first online publication to report the release which, like in true Garth fashion, was vague on details at the time of the announcement. It sent fans into a frenzy searching online for more details and bringing a record amount of traffic to our site, in addition to linkage from a dozen other sites.
Let this announcement be a lesson to any doubtful fan or new fan who isn’t familiar with Garth’s antics! ALWAYS expect the unexpected with Garth! He owns the masters to all of his previous recordings and controls everything he does, so he could reveal the information at any time with little or no notice. Either way, it will be huge and surrounded with a big fanfare! “????” still appears on his website which guarantees us that at least one more announcement is planned, although we don’t know what or when. We do expect that it’s an official announcement on Garth’s return to music full time and anticipate it will be revealed in early 2014 with a new dated solo studio album and world tour.
Watch the full ET interview below.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.