Oklahoma country music superstar Garth Brooks confirmed today that he is set to kick off his world tour and the first stop is Chicago.
As previously reported, Brooks kept his promise to a fan Monday by calling Andy Roberts of Atlanta and letting him be the first to know the first city on the tour.
“And what Andy chooses to do with that information is up to Andy. We’ll make our announcement shortly after,” Brooks said last week a press conference, which streamed live on GarthBrooks.com from Nashville, Tenn. “We made a deal that night in front of the Vegas crowd, so I’m gonna hold up my end.”
With the help of some youngsters from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Zone of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Teammates for Kids, Roberts revealed Monday evening via Twitter (@TFMAndy) that Brooks will be starting his comeback trek in Chi-Town.
It will be the first time the Tulsa native has played Chicago in 17 years. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., according to today’s announcement.
“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. It is the PERFECT city to launch the World Tour!” Brooks said in today’s news release.
Tickets will be on sale at 10 a.m. Central Time Friday, July 25. There will be a six ticket limit per purchase. They can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone (800) 745-3000 or via Ticketmaster Express (866) 448-7849. Please note there will be no sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on July 25.
Tickets will cost $56.94, plus $2.56 tax plus $6.00 service charges, totaling $65.50, in accordance to Brooks’ promise to keep his comeback tour ticket prices reasonable.
About Garth Brooks
Certified by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2000 as the No. 1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks is now certified at 134 million albums and has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.
In 2001, the Yukon-bred singer-songwriter retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008, the president-elect, himself requested that the longtime Owasso resident headline President Obama’s Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. A crowd of more than 300,000 did the “wave” to the Oklahoma State University graduate’s performance of “Shout” while the president sang along. That same year, the governor of California asked Brooks to help the State. Brooks performed five concerts in two days with the proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, “Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.” allowing viewers to donate as well.
In December 2010, Brooks finished an astonishing nine sold-out concerts in 6 days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Garth The Person of the Week and the Mayor of Nashville announced that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the over 145,000 who attended the concerts.
In January 2012, he was named the best-selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielson and SoundScan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales. Brooks also sold out his recent appearance at the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The sell-out of 15,000-plus seats happened in less then a minute. Brooks was recently inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Performing for his induction were his heroes George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger.
On Nov. 29, 2013, Brooks took the night with almost 9 million viewers watching his CBS special “Live From Las Vegas.” That very day he released his new boxed set, “Blame It All On My Roots,” which debuted for the 13th time in his career at No. 1 on the country charts. The boxed set also rose to the top of the Billboard 200 Chart, making it the ninth time the Oklahoma native has been able to achieve that feat.
Plus, Brooks’ performance of “Friends in Low Place,” was the last thing heard on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” as Leno ended his 22 year reign as “The Tonight Show” host.