Garth Brooks talks about his first major tour in a decadePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- It's his first major tour in a decade, and Garth Brooks is still packing in the crowds and breaking records with his ticket sales.
On Wednesday's Good Morning Arizona, the country singer joined Scott Pasmore to talk about his world tour with Trisha Yearwood, and the release of his new CD "Man Against Machine." The new album features his current smash hit on country radio, "Mom."
His mom was out on his last world tour, and he says he feels the loss. "I miss her dearly," says Garth. "She is with us in spirit on this new tour."
In 2000, Garth was certified by the RIAA as the #1-selling solo artist in U. S. history. He has sold 134 million albums to date.
And now, he's hitting the road again. "This tour is blowing away everything we knew in the 90s. People are showing up in record numbers, and what great attitudes they're showing up with," he says. "And they just come to sing and have fun."
Since his first single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," debuted at country radio in 1989, Garth Brooks has taken 25 singles to the #1 position on country airplay charts and his albums have spent more weeks at #1 on sales charts than any other artist since the inception of SoundScan
In 2001, Garth retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. In 2008 The President Elect requested that Garth headline President Obama's Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. A crowd of over 300,000 did the "wave" to Garth's performance of "Shout" while the President sang along. That same year the Governor of California asked Garth to help the state. Garth performed five concerts in two days with the proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special, "Garth Brooks: Live in L.A." allowing viewers to donate as well.
In December 2010, Garth finished an astonishing 9 sold out concerts in 6 days to raise money for the flood relief efforts in Tennessee. ABC World News Tonight declared Garth The Person of the Week and the Mayor of Nashville announced that this was a record December for downtown Nashville merchants due to the over 145,000 who attended the concerts.
In January 2012 he was named the best-selling artist of the last two decades by Billboard, Nielsen and SoundScan, with a whopping 68.5 million sales. Brooks also sold out his recent appearance at the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede.
The sell -out 15,000+ seats happened in less than a minute. Garth was recently inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York as well as the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Performing for his induction were his heroes George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger. On November 29th, 2013, Garth took the night with almost nine million viewers watching his CBS special "Live from Las Vegas." That very day Garth released his new boxed set, Blame It All on My Roots, which debuted for the 13th time in Garth's career at #1 on the country charts. The boxed set also rose to the top of the Billboard 200 Chart making it the 9th time Garth has been able to achieve that feat. Additionally, Garth's performance of "Friends in Low Places" was the last thing heard on The Tonight Show as Jay Leno ended his 22-year reign as The Tonight Show host.