Garth Brooks to resume music career in Las Vegas

Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:50pm EDT
 
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By Vernell Hackett

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Garth Brooks, the best-selling solo musician in U.S. history, ended his semi-retirement on Thursday and announced 15 concert dates at Wynn Resorts Ltd's Encore theater in Las Vegas.

Brooks will perform on three consecutive nights beginning December 11, with another six dates in January and six in February at Wynn Resorts' hotel, casino and performance complex, which opened late last year.

Las Vegas has seen a glut of new hotels and casinos open at the same time as the recession reduced the number of visitors by 6 percent in the first seven months of the year.

Brooks said the limited concert series will allow him not to miss much time with his three daughters in Oklahoma, a vow he made when he retired from touring in 2001.

"I am naturally nervous, but it feels good to be out from under the low ceiling of retirement I put on myself," he said.

Wearing his familiar black cowboy hat, Brooks announced his plans alongside resort owner Steve Wynn. The booking follows extended Las Vegas residencies by performers including Celine Dion, Reba McEntire, and Brooks & Dunn.

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A two-time Grammy winner and winner of 11 Country Music Association awards, Brooks' brand of rock-tinged country music topped the charts in the 1990s. He has sold more than 128 million albums, putting him second only to the Beatles in all-time U.S. sales.   Continued...

 
<p>Singer Garth Brooks performs at the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show in Las Vegas, May 18, 2008. REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>