Remember When Garth Brooks Announced His Retirement?

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Seventeen years ago, country music legend Garth Brooks announced his retirement. Thankfully that phase did not last very long!

On October 26, 2000, Garth Brooks shocked the country music world when he publicly announced his retirement. The Oklahoma native told his fans he wanted to focus on spending time with his lovely family. At the time, Brooks was still married to his first wife, Sandy Mahl. Together, the pair have three beautiful daughters, August, Allie, and Taylor. When the country star announced his retirement, on the same day his label, Capitol, threw him a massive party, he cited his daughters as his inspiration to quit making music. He missed his girls after spending so much of their childhood on the road touring the country. However, Brooks’ marriage was also falling apart at the time. Just one year later, Garth Brooks and his college sweetheart filed for divorce. Luckily for Mr. Brooks, love entered his life again and he wed fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood in 2005. Now, the couple are renowned as being one of the most inspirational country couples. The attractive couple constantly remind their friends and family how much they love each other.

Later, when interviewed by The Boot about his original retirement, Brooks said, “The truth is, you know entertainment industries: They were ready to throw me out anyway, so I thought I’d leave before they tossed me out. It was a good time to take a real good look at life, because my former 10 years had not been a real life event. That decade of the ’90s was crazy. And being the life of a guy out on the road is not a real life, so this was good to get back to as close to real life as you could get being an artist.”

Between 2000 and 2012, the “If Tomorrow Never Comes” singer stayed out of the public’s eye, besides his wedding to Trisha. Only performing a few shows here and there, mostly for charity, in order to spend the majority of his time at home. Then in 2014, his youngest daughter started college so he had more time on his hands. Of course Brooks couldn’t resist touring any longer, so he began touring again that year.

In fact, he started a massive world tour which will end after three years on Saturday, December 16th in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena. Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 10th at 10:00 AM CST. Official tickets can only be purchased via or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849/ 1-800-745-3000.

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