Garth Brooks, moving quickly beyond the fiasco of the cancellation of his five “Comeback Special” concerts in Dublin, Ireland, has announced details of the opening salvo on his formal world tour, which will start Sept. 4 in Chicago. No other tour dates have been announced.
The country superstar, who walked away from touring in 2001 to devote himself to being a full-time dad to his three daughters, will embark on the tour with his wife, singer Trisha Yearwood. Tickets will cost $65.50, including all service fees, and go on sale for the opening show on Friday, July 25.
“As an entertainer, you get asked a lot, ‘What are the best cities to play?’ ” Brooks said in a statement issued Tuesday. “Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play, and that list always includes Chicago. It is the perfect city to launch the World Tour.”
Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster, and a six-ticket limit is being imposed. As he did before going on his self-imposed hiatus from touring, Brooks is pricing all tickets at venues at a single price. He has often said he believes in treating all fans equally, and at his news conference in Nashville last week, he noted that there were no VIP, gold or silver circle tickets sold even for the four-year weekend residency he did at the Wynn Encore Theatre in Las Vegas.
The new tour’s first stop will be at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., and it will be Brooks’ first performance in the Chicago area in 17 years.
He also noted at the Nashville news conference that the world tour will be an entirely different production from what had been designed for the scuttled Dublin concerts.
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