Garth Brooks supercharged country music in the early ‘90s, raising its worldwide visibility and appeal to an extraordinary level. He went on to become one of the biggest selling solo artists in U.S. music history, with over 68 million albums sold. He also was the fastest selling album artist in Recording Industry Association of America history and one of the industry’s most awarded artists. Garth played New York’s Central Park in 1997 and drew an audience of around 750,000, filling the park’s North Meadow to its capacity and spilling out into seemingly every available patch of grass and asphalt within earshot of the stage.
This historic concert has been documented as the largest crowd to ever to attend a concert in Central Park. The performance was also viewed by an additional 14.6 million from a television audience, so there is no wonder why country music fans are excited about the return of Garth Brook in 2014.
It is no secret anymore what Garth has been doing for the past few years. His performances at the Wynn Encore Theater in Las Vegas have become a launching pad for his newly announced world tour planned for later in 2014. Early in negotiations to bring Garth Brooks to the Encore, CEO Steve Wynn asked the entertainer what it would take to bring him out of retirement.
Brooks Responded with, “You can’t afford me.”
Technically, he was right. The show only grossed $11.25 million per year. When you add up the private jet Wynn purchased for Garth’s use, that doesn’t seem like much, but this venture has put Wynn Encore center stage in Las Vegas’s view to America.
The Wynn Encore Hotel employees were excited, because of the part they played in persuading the country music superstar to enter into a three-year weekend residency at the establishment.
The Oklahoma native quietly took the stage at the 1,500-seat Encore Theater in two “hush hush” shows attended by hotel workers, according to several employees at the Wynn Encore. One was an intimate acoustic performance, and the other was a concert with his full band. Steve Wynn also gave all of his employees “The Blame It All On My Roots” boxed set, containing songs Garth performed at his shows.
Garth charmed the Wynn guests and Las Vegas visitors with his down-to-earth charisma for three years, rekindling old flames in hearts and winning new ones. Brooks brought his full band to the Wynn for two nights early in January of 2014. “Garth Brooks: The Man, His Band and His Music” performed January 3 and 4, for two shows nightly. Each performance sold out in a matter of hours, even though the tickets were priced at just over $200.
In 2011, Garth Brooks was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In his acceptance speech he was very humbled when he said, “The songwriting. That’s what it’s all about. This is it. We can talk all day about being an entertainer. We can talk all day about record sales, but it starts with the song and to be confused as a songwriter and then honored as one, that’s ‘the bomb.’ I can go in that room and show you all the guys I hang out with, and they are songwriters. To be called that with these guys, I’m very flattered. I’m not saying I agree with it, but I’m very flattered.”
While speaking with Pat Alger, who is chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and a long time co-writer with Brooks, he stated, “Garth was an aspiring singer/songwriter when we met. From our very first writing session, he always came prepared and knew what he wanted. He’s a terrific lyricist, and of course he has that amazing voice. I have been in the business a long time, and he is one of the very few people I’ve encountered that was prepared for success. He remains the same gentleman today as he was on that lucky day so long ago when we were introduced, coming out of Allen Reynolds’ office. Sometimes I thank God for Garth Brooks,and Allen Reynolds too!”
According to Brooks’ website, Garth has just announced he and his band will perform five gigs in Ireland this July.
“Before we go back on tour in the fall of 2014, I want to challenge myself, the band and the crew, It’s time to returning to life on the road. Although arrangements are still being made, one thing’s certain – it’s going to be loud.”
They’ve had offers from basically everybody to join his tour, simply because everyone wants Brooks’ tour to be the best. Although this tour is allegedly going to trump anything Brooks has done before, fans can rest easy, knowing that the music is still going to be true to his original sound. “We’re gonna be whatever Garth is,” says the singer.
Garth Brooks and fellow country star Trisha Yearwood married on December 10, 2005 at their home in Okla., and she will join him on this new tour. During a recent interview with the Associated Press, Garth said, “Me and Miss Yearwood are free to do whatever it is we want to do. And I’ve got to tell you: Anything I do with that woman is fine with me. Any place that I am with that woman is home to me. But if I have my wishes, it’s going to be filled with music, and it’s going to be filled with music at a level I’ve never seen before.“
Now that Garth has announced his tour, the world waits anxiously to see what he will come up with next.