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Garth Brooks' comeback tour sets first California shows

Garth Brooks may not hit the L.A.-area until after 2016, says a source.

Garth Brooks brings his comeback tour to the West Coast for the first time, with just-announced shows in Sacramento slated for March 27 and 28.

If tradition holds, it’s likely more dates will be added based on demand. Since returning to touring Sept. 4 in Chicago, Brooks has made multiple stops in every city he’s played, with a minimum of three (Little Rock, Ark.) and a maximum of 11 (Chicago and Minneapolis).

Brooks, along with his wife and tourmate Trisha Yearwood, will have just completed a run of nine shows in six days in Denver when their tour moves to California’s state capital.

There’s no word yet on plans for Southland stops, but a knowledgeable concert-world source says it’s unlikely the schedule Brooks is on will reach Los Angeles or its environs before 2016. Brooks has been announcing one or two shows in each city, then adding shows as demand indicates.

He told The Times in September that he prefers to make more seats available than fans who want to buy them to help keep those tickets out of the hands of scalpers. Brooks has set personal records for ticket sales in each of the cities he's played to date.

Brooks just collected a nomination for the entertainer of the year at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards, an honor he took home six times in the 1990s when he was at the peak of his career.

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