It’s official: Garth Brooks’ self-imposed hiatus from touring is over, and the country superstar will return to the road for a world tour in 2014, his first since he announced his plan to quit touring in 2001.
Brooks, 51, made the announcement Monday, Dec. 9, to “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts while discussing his new eight-disc box set “Blame It All on My Roots,” which grew out of his four-year solo residency at the Wynn Encore Theatre in Las Vegas.
He gave no specifics of when the tour would start or how extensive it will be. But he’ll likely provide a preview of what’s to come when he returns to the Wynn in January for two shows with his full band. He also said he’ll be joined on the tour by his wife, singer Trisha Yearwood.
“It sure feels good to get to throw your hat back in the ring,” Brooks told Roberts. “All my babies are fine with it. Ms. 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. Our baby is a senior in high school,” he said. “My children are off on their own so the guilt of not being there…I’m a phone call dad now. ‘Hey, Dad, I love you, can I borrow some money?’'
His stint at the Wynn was a baby step away from home, a deal Wynn crafted to allow him to keep his commitments to his children to support their school studies and extracurricular activities. He scheduled performances only when they didn’t conflict with his children’s needs and used a Lear Jet provided by Wynn to minimize his time away from their home in Oklahoma.
He periodically brought Yearwood and one or more of his children along for the Vegas performances.