Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 | 12:38 p.m.
Finally! Country superstar Garth Brooks has confirmed that his singer wife Trisha Yearwood and he will start a world tour in 2014. Vegas DeLuxe reported the rumor several times, but the former Wynn headliner always dodged the question, saying that his kids’ schooling came first.
In an interview posted in November 2012, Garth told me: “I would love to tour again for the first time ever without guilt from being away from either my spouse or my children.”
I simultaneously reported that his youngest daughter graduates in May 2014 and that he would start work early in the New Year working for six months on the vision that the touring should could go out next fall.
Today with Robin Roberts on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Garth officially announced the tour, saying that Trisha and their three daughters approved that the timing was now OK.
“At first, I was worried it would be a wheelchair-and-walker tour kind of thing,” he laughed with Robin. “Now it sure feels good to get to throw your hat back in the ring. Ms. Yearwood is fine with it. All my babies are fine with it.
“Now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music and get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood. Our baby is a senior in high school,” he told Robin. “My children are off on their own, so the guilt of not being there … I’m a phone-call dad now.”
He also gave credit to Las Vegas hotel kingpin Steve Wynn (Garth’s resident headliner run at Encore Theater in Wynn ended in 2012): “The full band will be back to the Wynn in January for two nights. He’s let me keep that room as a laboratory type of thing, so I’m going to bring the band out there and let the band experience this room.
“We’ve had the solo residency where you’re just out there with you and your guitar, and you depend on the people to kind of take care of you and they have my whole career and so Vegas was just a love fest.”
No details or dates yet of his global trek, but expect those details after the Jan. 3 and 4 full-band shows at Wynn Las Vegas.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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