Leave it to Garth Brooks — a savvy showman onstage and off — to unveil his world tour one city at a time, turning what could have been a single announcement of show dates into an ongoing media event.
Today’s announcement marks only the fourth city on Brooks’ comeback tour. After wrapping up a seven-show run in Atlanta and six-night stand in Jacksonville, Florida, Brooks and wife/tourmate Trisha Yearwood will apparently head to Lexington, Kentucky. The couple only has two Lexington shows on the books at the moment — October 31st and November 1st, both at the 23,000-seat capacity Rupp Arena — but don’t be surprised if they extend their residency, as they did with the tour’s kickoff shows in Chicago. (Maybe they’re just saving that announcement for another day.)
“For those who show up, I hope we give you a show that makes you forget the ones that were in the Nineties,” Brooks said during a July press conference, which doubled as an announcement for his world tour and still-untitled comeback album. During that conference, Brooks also thanked his fans for allowing him to leave the spotlight for more than a decade while he focused on raising his children.
The Lexington shows will mark Brooks’ first performance in Kentucky since May 1998, when he played three shows at the Rupp Arena during the Sevens tour. Coincidentally, his opener for those shows was none other than Yearwood, a full seven years before the two became engaged during a concert in Bakersfield, California.
Meanwhile, “People Loving People” — the first single from Brooks’ upcoming record, which is tentatively scheduled for a Black Friday, November 28th, release — continues to climb the charts at country radio.