Country superstar Garth Brooks announced Monday his first concert tour since leaving the road in 2000 to help raise his daughters.
After joking with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" that at age 52, come February, any such endeavor would be "the wheelchair and walker tour," he told her, "Well, you know what? Since it's you and since we've had a history forever, let's announce it. We're going on a world tour in 2014." Brooks was on "GMA" to promote "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences," his new six-disc set.
Since 2000, the year he divorced first wife Sandy Mahl, with whom he has three daughters, Brooks' performances have been limited to nine concerts in 2007 with his band in Kansas City, Mo., and a recently concluded solo run at the Encore Theater in the hotel-casino Wynn Las Vegas, which began in 2009.
"Our baby's a senior in high school," he explained to Roberts of his timing, referring to youngest daughter Allie. "We've talked about it and all my babies are fine with it. And Ms. Yearwood is fine with it," he added, using a pet name for country singer Trisha Yearwood, his wife since 2005.
On Sunday night, Brooks paid tribute to Kennedy Center honoree Billy Joel by performing "Only the Good Die Young," "Allentown" and "Goodnight Saigon." The latter was backed by a gospel choir and, later, U.S. Armed Forces veterans, drawing a standing ovation and tears from many in the crowd at the Washington, D.C., ceremony.
Dates for the tour will be announced later.
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