Garth Brooks Says He Plans To Retire at the End of Next Year

Wednesday, December 15th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa native Garth Brooks, the man who took the country music world by storm, may be headed for retirement. Brooks made the announcement Wednesday afternoon on the final “Crook and Chase” television show which aired on The Nashville Network. He has continuously wowed the country and pop music worlds for the past ten years with his wide-ranging style and genuine love for the fans.

In 1997, Brooks performed to sold out crowds at Tulsa's Driller's stadium, five nights in a row. Wednesday, he said he wants to spend more time with his family and he'll probably put his singing career behind him by the end of next year. “I think we're probably going to lay low, extremely low for nine or ten months,” he said in the interview. “I think we're going to plan a big party at the end of the year. I think we'll probably announce our retirement at the end of next year. In response to host Charlie Chase’s question of “How can you retire? The music is still in you.” Brooks told the audience that it was because of his family. He said, “Those girls somehow come along and they just take your energy. All of a sudden, all you want to do is do the things that make them smile and look back and make them clap and go “yeah”. Your focus changes,” he continued.

Although he'll stop touring, Brooks still plans to write music. He also says fans can still look forward to the soundtrack to the movie, "The life of Chris Gains" in which he plays the title roll. That movie will be released next year.