When one of the biggest-selling artists in the universe takes 17 years off from touring, demand can be high on his return. That helps explain why swift ticket sales on Friday morning led Garth Brooks' camp to add not one, not two, but five shows to his American Airlines Center run in September.
That's seven shows total and many thousands of beers hoisted into the air during "Friends in Low Places."
Brooks will land at AAC on Sept. 17 through Sept. 22, with two of the nights offering both early and late editions. It's a daunting run for a performer of any age, but at this point it's somewhat old hat to the 53-year-old Brooks. He's been taking the same multinight, two-a-day approach in many of the cities on his comeback tour this year, which is supporting his latest album,Man Against Machine.
What's truly notable for both Brooks and his Dallas fans is the sheer number of tickets sold before noon on Friday. The total surpassed 100,000, which nearly doubled the count for Brooks' three-night run in 1998 at Reunion Arena.
Nearly a full week of Garth-mania in September should give Dallas the kind of country-music celebration it hasn't seen since April, when the ACM Awards were in North Texas. Brooks was in town for that, but he did shorter performances at a benefit show and at the awards ceremony.
The Garth Brooks World Tour stops are bigger, longer and more complete. They'll cover the hits from 10 studio albums and offer up modern classics such as "The Thunder Rolls" and "The Dance."
Brooks' tour might have been especially appealing to concertgoers because its tickets were offered at a single, flat rate on a first-come, first-served basis. There was an eight-ticket limit at $74.98 a pop including fees - relatively affordable considering some of the exorbitant prices sought for comparable arena tours.