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According to Live Daily, Garth Brooks announced this week that he would be coming out of retirement to do shows for 16 weekends per year for the next five years at Wynn's Encore Casino in Las Vegas. The country singer has been in retirement for nearly ten years, promising that he would stay retired until his children were grown. And he almost made it. They're teenagers and part of his deal with Wynn's Encore Casino provides Garth Brooks with a private jet to take him home to his daughters after each weekend engagement.
Garth Brooks said, "[Wynn has] taken care of my children, he's taken care of my wife. My life is not going to change, except that I'm going to get to play live music." Garth Brooks would more than likely have stayed retired if Steve Wynn hadn't given him the oft heard about "offer he couldn't refuse." Brooks told the Associated Press that Wynn, who had approached the bestselling solo artist in history (US sales) with the idea to play regularly at his casino, didn't have enough money to get him to do a regular show.
"I told him he couldn't afford me," Brooks explained. "I was wrong. Wow." Steve Wynn told the gathering of reporters and free slots fruit smoothie fans that the first show would be on December 11. Garth Brooks will perform four shows during each weekend engagement -- one Friday, two Saturday, one Sunday -- and they are to be spread out over the course of a year. Tickets will sell for $125 each. Neither Garth Brooks nor Steve Wynn would discuss the financial agreement that Brooks couldn't turn down.
Wynn joked, "If I were to tell you that, I would probably be fired by my stockholders." Garth Brooks, although staying out of the spotlight for the most part of the last decade, has a huge fan base to draw from, so Wynn's investment will no doubt pay off. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Brooks has sold over 128 albums in the U. S. during his career. His sales are second only to the Beatles in the U.
S., and since 1991, according to Nielsen Soundscan, through September 2008, Brooks had sold over 11 million more albums in the U. S. than the Beatles. And he did it with energetic showmanship, a couple of pop-tinged songs to go with his predominantly traditional sound, and a humble manner that endeared him to his fans. He brought the high energy rock-patterned stage show to country audiences in the early 1990s, appealing to a younger audience, and it paid off for both the Okahoma singer and for country music in general.
In the following years, Garth Brooks would sell millions of tickets to sold-out arenas around the world. But if Steve Wynn was afraid Garth Brooks might not sell out his shows in the much smaller Encore Casino, he need not worry. In 2007, the demand for Garth Brooks tickets at a one-show Kansas City Sprint Center Arena Wal-Mart event was so great it led to an expanded 9-day sellout. And with Garth Brooks' return to the stage, could a new album not be far behind? Fans haven't seen an album of new material from Brooks since November 2001 when he released "Scarecrow," which debuted at No.
1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has sold over 5 million copies to date. ****** Sources: Billboard.com RIAA.com Associated Press CasinoGamblingWeb.com LiveDaily.com