Garth Brooks Excited To See What Happens At Tulsa Concerts - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Garth Brooks Excited To See What Happens At Tulsa Concerts

Posted: Updated:
Garth Brooks said he can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in Tulsa. Garth Brooks said he can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in Tulsa.
Garth announced his retirement in 2000 to settle with his family and raise his daughters. Garth announced his retirement in 2000 to settle with his family and raise his daughters.
1997 was the last time Garth Brooks performed in Tulsa. 1997 was the last time Garth Brooks performed in Tulsa.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

A Friday night event is one that many folks have been anticipating for more than 17 years; the return of Garth Brooks to a concert stage in Tulsa.

For thousands of Oklahomans, the summer of 1997 is etched in magic. Garth Brooks performed five unforgettable concerts at driller's stadium and then, just three years later, pulled the plug on a career that had propelled him to international fame.

He stunned the music world when he announced his retirement in October of 2000; stepping off the stage, he said, to settle in with his family in his home in Owasso.

Flash forward 17 and a half years and Garth is back.

“What I'm going to love about this interview already is that you're not going to ask me about the last 13 years, because you know,” Garth said.

His presence became a simple fact of life in Green Country. He and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, were regularly seen at grocery stores, soccer sidelines and hometown football games.

It was his devotion as a dad that brought him home to Oklahoma, to raise his three young daughters.

“The thing was, you weren't gambling anything, because anybody who's ever been a parent, no matter how much I love music and no matter how sweet music has been to me, I'm sorry, it just cannot compare to being a dad,” Garth said. “But you're right, it was scary to kind of go, ‘Do we mention a tour? And what if nobody shows up?'”

Of course, he did have some encouragement.

Garth performed a number of benefit concerts while in retirement and he staged a three-year run in Las Vegas that was a wild hit with fans and critics alike.

One thing he hadn't done in more than a decade, however, was release new music.

“No one wants to hear new music from an older artist and you're scared to death to release it.”

So far, the gamble is paying off.

Man Versus Machine debuted in November at number one on the country charts and his new world tour sold more than 1 million tickets in less than four months.

Nowhere have sales been stronger than in Tulsa, where folks have been longing to see Garth on the stage since he cut the ribbon for the new BOK Center more than six years ago.

“It's just really sweet because of all the people you want to mean something to, you want to mean something to the state of Oklahoma. That's the greatest gift I can have,” said Garth.

Now that he's officially back in the business, we're likely to see less of him in these parts - his Owasso home is reportedly on the market for $3.5 million - but he returns to the stage in Oklahoma as more than just a star, he's a friend and a neighbor.

“So all the guys back in Owasso, Claremore and Tulsa, I can't wait for them to see the show because they're going to be going, ‘Who is this guy,' you know. They know me as a dad,” Garth said with a laugh.

With any luck, we won't have to wait 17 years for a return visit. He was born to be on stage, and now that he's back, he may just make a habit of it.

“We feel very, very lucky, very flattered to be where we're at. Looking at, hopefully, the second half of a career, it's been a pretty cool ride so far,” Garth said.

He said he loves to interact with the audience and let each city develop its own personality, and said he can't wait to see what's going to happen in Tulsa.

Garth's has news conference Friday afternoon at 2:30, you can catch the whole thing right here at newson6.com.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.