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Garth Brooks Announces Chicago as First Tour Stop

Fan Andy Roberts gets the first call from Garth about kicking off the tour Sept. 4 in the Windy City

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You’ve been waiting for it, and now it’s finally here. While threatening to eclipse LeBron James in terms of media takeover, Garth Brooks revealed today (July 14) that he will kick off his much-anticipated world tour Sept. 4 in Chicago at AllState Arena.

In true Garth fashion, he lived up to a promise that he made one of his fans several months ago. At one of his Las Vegas shows, Garth offered the audience a chance to ask questions, and Andy Roberts, an Atlanta resident and longtime fan who was in the crowd, decided to ask where Garth was going to start his world tour.

“If it means that much to you, leave your phone number," was Garth’s reply. “You’ll be the first guy to know when I know.” And so it was that Andy, who runs the facility maintenance operation TurnKey Facility Maintenance, got to tell the world where the tour would begin and picked up a whole bunch of new Twitter followers in the process.

Tickets for the show, which includes Garth’s wife Trisha Yearwood on the bill, will go on sale July 25 at 10 a.m. The remainder of Garth’s tour dates are rumored to be announced soon.

In other Garth news, all five of his shows at Dublin, Ireland’s Croke Park have been canceled following disagreements with city officials. “As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one,” he said in a statement. “So it is with a broken heart, I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by TicketMaster.”

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