Garth Brooks hasn’t performed in Chicago in 17 years, and apparently he was missed in the Windy City.
Friday morning the music superstar put up tickets for 10 shows in the area, the first dates on his recently-announced world tour
, and then managed to sell out all 10 in under three hours, according to the Chicago Tribune
. The country singer moved a total of 180,000 tickets in that time.
The shows are scheduled over seven days at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on Sept. 4-6, and September 11-14. The 52-year-old singer apparently has a lot of stamina. He’ll play two shows each on Sept 6, 12 and 13.
He has not yet announced additional cities and dates for what is expected to be an extensive world tour lasting as long as two years. Wife and fellow country star Trisha Yearwood will also perform on all dates, including the Chicago-area shows.
Brooks announced a hiatus from touring in 2001 so he could raise his three daughters, the youngest of whom just graduated from high school this spring. Since taking a break from the road, he has only done one-off charity concerts, and an extended weekends-only residency at the Wynn Las Vegas.
The Chicago Tribune calls the sellouts a “most audacious … comeback” for Brooks, “even as it underlines the singer’s ongoing popularity.”
Brooks is the second-biggest selling American artist of all time behind Elvis Presley, with 128 million in album sales, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, the Tribune reports. A new double album due this fall, coupled with the first-time-ever release of all of his catalog albums in a digital format later this summer, have the potential to push Brooks past Presley’s record.