Garth Brooks will play 4 shows at Target Center in November
Garth Brooks, one of the best-selling artists of any genre, will bring his long-awaited comeback tour to Minneapolis’ Target Center for four performances, 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15.
Tickets are $56.87, or $70.50 with service charges, and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 via axs.com/garth or by phone at (855) 411-4849. The Target Center box office will not sell tickets on Oct. 3.
It’s possible that the 52-year-old Brooks will add additional shows, as he opened the tour earlier this month with 11 nights in Chicago. He’s currently in the middle of a seven-show run in Atlanta.
An Oklahoma native, Brooks grew up singing, but also playing football and baseball. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in advertising, Brooks began performing in regional clubs and bars and eventually moved to Nashville where he worked as a bouncer to help pay the bills. After landing a deal with Capitol Records, he released his self-titled debut album in 1989. Influenced by George Strait’s back-to-basics sound as well as classic rock, the record gave Brooks his first hits with “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” “If Tomorrow Comes,” “Not Counting You” and “The Dance.”
From there, his career skyrocketed, with his 1990 sophomore disc “No Fences” launching Brooks into superstardom. It included two of his signature songs, “The Thunder Rolls” and “Friends in Low Places,” and has gone on to be certified platinum 17 times. It also did big business abroad, establishing Brooks as a major worldwide force.
Brooks fueled his fame by amping up his live performances, drawing influence from bands like Kiss and Queen and introducing an arena-rock punch to country music. His third album entered the Billboard charts at No. 1, a first for a country artist. In addition to the smashes “Rodeo,” “What She’s Doing Now” and “The River,” the disc featured a hit cover of Billy Joel’s “Shameless.”
From there, Brooks went on to rule the ’90s with a string of multi-platinum hits and record-breaking tours that boasted sold-out stops around the world. The six albums he released under his own name in that decade went on to top 70 million combined in sales.
In 1999, Brooks stumbled for the first, and really only time, when he adopted the alter ego Chris Gaines for an album of rock songs. It was meant to be the soundtrack to a film tracing Gaines’ fictional career, but the project was abandoned after the relative failure of the record. It topped 2 million in sales and spawned a No. 5 radio hit with “Lost in You,” but the public ultimately rejected Chris Gaines (and his questionable wig).
The following year, Brooks announced he was retiring from recording and touring until his youngest of his three daughters turned 18. He also divorced his wife, Sandy, who he had met during his days as bouncer. Brooks released a final album, “Scarecrow,” in 2001 and moved to his Oklahoma ranch. He began dating, and eventually married, singer Trisha Yearwood. The pair’s friendship went back to the early days of his career, when she sang background vocals on “No Fences” and he helped her secure her first record deal.
Brooks remained quiet for the first half of the ’00s, but began making occasional appearances at charity concerts in 2005, the same year he reissued his back catalog as a best-selling box set through Walmart. In 2009, he started performing solo weekend shows in Las Vegas for what blossomed into a four-year residency. He reportedly used a private jet to travel to Vegas, allowing him to spend his weekdays at home with his family.
In December, Brooks announced he would mount a world tour in 2014. He sang “The Dance” and “Friends in Low Places” on the final episode of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in February.
In March, Yearwood played Mystic Lake Casino on a solo tour to help her prepare for joining Brooks on the road. As she told the Pioneer Press at the time: “Music is still what we feel like we have to do, and we’re both excited. I love the energy of the big arenas and crowds, but I also know I won’t get to do this kind of intimate show (for a while), which is why I needed to do these theater dates. Once the arena tour kicks in, it’s going to be pretty hardcore.”
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