It’s Official: Garth Brooks Comes Out Of Retirement

Written by SLN Staff Writer
It’s Official: Garth Brooks Comes Out Of Retirement

Garth Brooks

Although it’s been rumored for weeks, even months, it was not 100% official until today…

Garth Brooks, the #1 selling solo artist of all time, announced today that he is coming out of retirement to perform at the Encore Theater at the Wynn in Las Vegas for a series of special shows that begin December 11.

As part of the deal, the Wynn is providing Brooks with a private jet so he can commute from Vegas to Oklahoma, where he lives with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, and his three daughters.

The five year deal between Brooks and The Wynn requires him to perform only during specific weeks of each year. Dates will be announced on a quarterly basis.

All shows will be acoustic sets…just Garth and his guitar.

“It’s a one-man show, so there’s going to be a lot of disappointment after that first weekend,” he joked. “Coming out and just playing — just me and a guitar — takes me back to the first days I got to play. I was lucky enough to do a place called Wild Willie’s Saloon in Stillwater, Okla, before I moved to Nashville and started touring. That’s what this is going to be for me. It’s a chance to slowly get back into it to see what people like, what they don’t like. It’s going to be very intimate.”

Each show will run about 90 mintues. Fans can expect a few surprise guests too.

The Chairman of the Board and CEO of Wynn Resorts describes the first time he saw Brooks perform for friends: “Everything about Garth’s performances–his artistry, the range of his voice and connection with his audience–is something that I haven’t seen since the Rat Pack. In show business, for a single performer to lift an entire audience emotionally to the point where they pray it doesn’t end, is an extraordinary and unique thing that only a few gifted people can do. But that is what I experienced when I saw Garth on stage, alone with his guitar, doing a history of his personal journey in music. I watched a man create instant love in real time, right before my eyes. Now we have the privilege at Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas to share this extraordinary, intimate experience with everyone,” says Wynn.

“Steve Wynn has done what I thought was impossible. He has given me a chance to sing again for the people, while at the same time never missing a day with my children,” says Brooks.”I am naturally nervous, but it feels good to be out from under the low ceiling of ‘retirement’ I put on myself.”.

Don’t expect a FULL comeback just yet…

“And the truth, is if we ever do tour again, if we ever put out new music again, it’s going to be another five years,” he said at this morning’s press conference at the Grand Ole Opry.

He went on to remind everyone that his youngest daughter is only 13.

So, are you contemplating a trip to Vegas to see Brooks? Here’s what you need to know:

Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 8 a.m. sharp PT (9 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. CT and 11 a.m. ET). Tickets are $125 plus a $5 service charge and a $13 tax to equal a total of $143. Tickets may be booked by calling 702.770.7469 or online at www.wynnlasvegas.com/boxoffice.

Confirmed Concert Dates:

December 11, 12, 13

January 1, 2, 3 and 22, 23, 24

February 12, 13, 14 and 26, 27, 28

Concert times:

Friday 8 p.m.

Saturday 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

Sunday 8 p.m.