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Garth Brooks tickets selling out despite long wait times

Garth Brooks is now up to ten shows scheduled for Chicago due to a high volume of ticket sales. Though Garth Brooks’ World Tour tickets have been impossible to get quickly, fans have hung in there and eventually scored the hottest tickets of the year.

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Photo by Rick Diamond
Garth Brooks has broken personal record for Chicago ticket sales
Garth Brooks has broken personal record for Chicago ticket salesPhoto by Rick Diamond

Fans on Twitter reported a constant “try again later” error message on the Ticketmaster website as well as up to 90 minutes of persistence before finally being able to purchase tickets for the Chicago shows. Despite the complications, ticket sales continued to rise throughout the day on Saturday.

When it was evident that the one show originally planned for Chicago was nowhere near able to accommodate the number of interested fans, GarthBrooks.com issued a press release, which was also reported by All Access Music on Saturday, to announce the addition of nine more shows.

Garth Brooks has obviously not played in Chicago since his official retirement 13 years ago, but beyond that Chicagoans had bid farewell to the country superstar four years prior to his departure. It’s no wonder then that fans in Chicago are saddled up and ready to ride regardless of long wait times or frustrations involved in getting tickets.

Chicago is only the first stop on Garth Brooks World Tour and he has already surpassed his previous ticket sales in that city. Ticket sales for additional cities have not yet been announced, but if Chicago has set the pace, Ticketmaster is going to need additional computing power and Garth Brooks, who has agreed to two shows per day to accommodate fans, is going to need a mega dose of vitamins. After all, if he was singing "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" in his late 20s, one can only imagine how he might change the lyrics trying to keep up this pace at age 52.

As CMT reported though, Garth Brooks said he misses the faces of fans. He misses looking out and seeing them singing his lyrics. If seeing the faces of fans is what energizes him, 180,000 people over ten shows on his first tour stop alone ought to make him feel like a man without limits, and with wife Trisha Yearwood co-headlining at his side, well, he may just be on top of the world.