Chicago is the new Dublin… and then some.
Garth Brooks has added six more shows to his September run in the Windy City, making for a total of ten concerts at Allstate Arena, spread out between September 4-6 and September 11-14. Tickets went on sale Friday at 10:00 a.m. CT for the first four shows, and six new concerts were added before 2:00 p.m. (Click here for dates and tickets.)
"As an entertainer, you get asked a lot, 'What are the best cities to play?' Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play and that list always includes Chicago," says the country superstar. "It is the perfect city to launch the world tour!"
On July 14th, the singer recruited a fan to announce Chicago as the first stop on the Garth Brooks World Tour With Trisha Yearwood — his first trek in 13 years. It was a bittersweet day, as the gavel finally came down in Dublin, Ireland, ruling against the singer's planned comeback shows there. Brooks was to perform five concerts at the city's Croke Park, but local government officials refused to grant permits for two of the dates. Brooks was adamant that it was all five or nothing, likening the forced decision between shows to choosing between children.
So, the comeback will come stateside. As for what other states besides Illinois, Brooks' subsequent tour dates have yet to be revealed. But he has hinted at gigantic stage production.
"Our job is to go out there and fly the flag for country music," he said at a Nashville press conference earlier this month. "I've seen the world tour stage. It's phenomenal."
Along with the new tour will, of course, be new music. Brooks' upcoming album will likely be out in late November and will for the first time be made available digitally. Still, the best-selling country artist of all time is still holding out on iTunes and other digital retailers and instead plans to sell music via his own website "at a stupid price," he jokes.