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Time Out: 10 Artists Who Walked Away

From recluse writers to retired musicians, we look back at the prominent figures who went on a temp-to-permanent hiatus
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Garth Brooks

Over the last several years, Brooks has gone back and forth with the late Elvis Presley as the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history. Not bad for a guy who took most of the 2000s off from touring, has spent spring training with several major league baseball teams and once disappeared into an unfortunate alter-ego as a rock singer called Chris Gaines. He eventually came out of retirement in 2009 for a five-year residency at a casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

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