Country superstar Garth Brooks just announced he will spend the next three years touring in arenas across the country in support of his forthcoming record.
Brooks made the announcement today in a press conference at The Country Music Hall of Fame, but only announced shows in cities St. Louis, Missouri and Glendale, Arizona. He said dates will be revealed later on and tickets for shows in five cities will be onsale by Christmas. For the next three years, he plans on hitting 10-12 stadiums a year.
While only two cities have been announced so far, Brooks said most of the concerts will be in college stadiums, noting that he “can’t think of how to make music more fun other than add sports to it.” He wants to encourage fans to wear the university’s colors to the concert, making each stadium show a unique experience.
He also explained that he would like to do a one-man residency at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, which would include five shows a year. At this time, this idea has not been confirmed.
Brooks is due to play Notre Dame stadium this Saturday in South Bend, Indiana. He will be the first artist to play the 88-year-old stadium, which Notre Dame Vice President John Affleck-Graves said will be “one of the biggest events in Notre Dame’s history.” While America’s Got Talent contestant Michael Ketterer was originally supposed to open the show, Brooks cut him from the lineup after an incident last month. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, will also perform.
In addition to the tour announcement, Brooks said that the Notre Dame concert will now be made into a CBS TV special, premiering on December 2.
“After the sellout, I thought it could not get any more exciting than this,” Brooks said. “Then, CBS calls and in an instant, the show becomes bigger. This changes everything.”
His forthcoming album is due next year and will feature the single “All Day Long.” He is also set to release the next installment of his anthology, “Anthology Part III ‘Live'” on November 20.