Garth Brooks is getting more mileage out of all his upcoming mileage — continuing with the trend of releasing tour stops in a slow, strategic trickle, he announced today that Minneapolis will be the next city hit on his long-awaited return to the stage. Local radio station BUZ’N 102.9 received a call from the man himself, who will be playing a total of four concerts at the Target Center in a two-day span, with 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. performances on November 14th and 15th. This is the first time sine 1998 that Brooks will visit the Twin Cities area, when he sold out nine shows.
The Brooks train has been rolling pretty steadily of late. Fans who can’t wait until November 11th for the release of his upcoming LP can begin to play with his digital music retailer, GhostTunes, where, for $29.99, his entire studio catalog and live album can be downloaded, along with his new heal-the-world anthem “People Loving People” and an opportunity to pre-order the new record. (And, as far as we know, no U2 songs will automatically appear in any section of the platform.)
The influence of Brooks still runs strong in communities from rock to modern country — on Saturday, the Kings of Leon performed a spirited, slightly inebriated version of “Friends in Low Places” at their Music City Food + Wine Festival’s Harvest Night event, accompanied by Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Nashville‘s Hayden Panettiere and even a few Mrs. Followills.
Joining Brooks on tour will be wife Trisha Yearwood, who just revealed news of a greatest hits album, titled PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, due November 17th. Songs will range from power ballad “How Do I live” to her classic “She’s in Love With the Boy,” along with new tracks. Says Yearwood of her return to the spotlight, “I’m excited, I’m nervous, optimistic, scared to death.”