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‘Goodbye Ireland, hello world’: Garth Brooks announces new tour

Garth Brooks thrills fans with promise of new music, world tour
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Just one day after Garth Brooks cancelled five shows in Dublin, Ireland, he has rebounded and announced plans for a worldwide tour. The tour will be his first in 13 years.

MusicRow reported on Thursday that Garth Brooks shared his plans with the media at a luncheon in Nashville. While the country icon did reveal plans for a tour, he kept mum about the details. One lucky fan, known only as “Andy” will be the first to know in what city the tour will debut. Garth Brooks met Andy in Las Vegas and apparently told him he’d be the first to know if Garth planned another tour. Garth Brooks is now upholding his promise.

Upholding promises has become a theme of sorts for Garth Brooks of late. The scheduled concerts in Dublin, Ireland were also Garth Brooks’ attempt to fulfill a promise he’d made. The singer had played at Croke Park in Ireland in 1997 and promised to return when the construction was finished and the venue could be packed with even more people. Almost 20 years later, Garth Brooks is unable to keep that promise not by his own doing but by the resistance of a neighborhood association who insists on only three concerts per year at the venue.

After being forced to cancel his Ireland shows, Garth Brooks is looking ahead to giving an even wider audience a thrill. All Access Music reported that Garth Brooks had indicated a world tour might be in the works last December, but no announcement was made until now. It appears that Garth Brooks’ team has a more solid plan in place this time around as he is planning the releases of a single in the summer and a full-length album before Christmas.

In addition to Garth Brooks’ new music and world tour, the singer is, after years of resisting, finally releasing his music digitally as well. In an effort to maintain some control over his material, however, Garth Brooks music will only be available digitally at for a limited time. The digital downloads will be available sometime in late July or early August.

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