Atlanta Is Second Stop On Garth Brooks’ Comeback World Tour

Atlanta Is Second Stop On Garth Brooks’ Comeback World Tour

By Tiffany Johnson. CREATED Jul 30, 2014

ATLANTA – Garth Brooks will make the second stop on his comeback world tour in Atlanta.

The country singer announced the plans Wednesday. He is set to play Atlanta’s Philips Arena on September 19.

Tickets, which cost $71.50 after taxes and fees, will go on sale to the public on Friday, August 8 at 10 a.m. ET.

On Friday, Brooks sold out 10 shows in Chicago, where he will make the first stop on his tour.

The shows are scheduled over seven days at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on September 4-6, and September 11-14. He will perform two shows on the nights of September 6, 13, and 13.

His wife Trisha Yearwood will also perform on all dates.

No other cities or dates have been announced for his tour, which could possible last up to two years.

Earlier this month, the 52-year-old singer announced he had signed a new deal with Sony Music as well as plans to produce new music for the first time in more than a decade. He also said he will make his songs available in a digital format for the first time.

Brooks said his new record would be a double album and likely available sometime around Black Friday.

Brooks also said he will make his songs available digitally on his own website. One of music's top-selling artists, Brooks remains one of the last holdouts to refuse to put his music on iTunes.

He said in the past that he had no animosity toward Apple, but disagreed with its approach to selling music.

Others were like Brooks and refused to join iTunes until reaching deals, including AC/DC, the Beatles, Radiohead and Led Zeppelin. ITunes was launched in 2001.

In December, Brooks said that he would go on tour in 2014. Brooks retired from touring in 2001 to spend time with children. As of May, they have all finished high school.

The country music star had to call off five Irish concerts set for this month after a battle between venue owners and local residents that became a national furor.

More than 400,000 tickets had been sold for the gigs at Croke Park.

The stint had been billed as a "Comeback Special" for the 52-year-old superstar after more than a decade of semi-retirement.

Brooks was originally scheduled to play two shows, and when the number of performances was increased to cope with demand, some nearby residents complained.

Dublin City Council last week refused to grant permission for five shows, saying they would cause "an unacceptable level of disruption" for residents and businesses.

The dispute grew increasingly bitter, sparking a legal bid by some residents to have the shows canceled, and a rival petition calling for them all to go ahead.

Brooks released a statement saying he would play five shows or none.
Ticket-seller Ticketmaster said it would be offering refunds.

Brooks is one of the best-selling musicians in U.S. history, with more than 128 million albums sold, and helped make country music an international phenomenon.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)