Garth Brooks Hints at Huge Project in 2014
"There is something that could be happening between now and the tour that might be the biggest thing I’ve ever tried to take on," he reveals to Country Aircheck. "I’m excited. If it comes to fruition, and it looks like it’s going to, it will be the biggest thing I’ve ever tried to attempt. I’m really excited about it. It’ll be done right, it’ll be done quality. I’m in love with the idea and we just have to see if it’s going to happen. We’ll know within the next four weeks or so."
The Oklahoma native, who released his multi-disc set, 'Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences' in November, says he will wait until fall to launch his global trek.
"Remember, the promise the kids’ mom Sandy, Miss Yearwood and I made was that we would get all the girls off to college," he explains. "So, after the youngest graduates high school next spring, she has her 'senior year summer,' which is supposed to be the best time of a kids’ life. And we’re going to make sure of that. Then we get her off to college. So, you’re looking at the fall of 2014 before we stick the key in the engine and fire it up to see what we’ve got."
Brooks hopes to release a new album in the new year, but he admits he has one big hurdle -- his refusal to release his music to iTunes, based on his belief that his music should be released as an entire album, and not just as a collection of singles.
"Right now there are a lot of hurdles to climb, one of which is digital," Brooks says. "We don’t have a digital partner right now. I’ll never have a digital partner in iTunes as long as they keep the same rules they have now. I respect them; they’re friends of mine. They show me respect. They make me believe they’re friends of mine. But if they’re not going to change their ways, I’m not going to change mine. We have to figure out how we get new music to the people."
The 51-year-old insists he is looking out for others, and not himself, in his stance against the digital market.
"We’d love to do new music," he adds. "But if the songwriters aren’t being taken care of, why are we creating? Everybody says, 'It’s for the art.' Don’t get me wrong, the music is everything. But if we don’t nurture and protect our songwriters the music is going to suffer, and will eventually disappear."
Much has changed since Brooks stepped away from the spotlight more than a decade ago, including the expense of seeing live entertainment.
"Let’s start with the ticket prices, which are much different than they were just 10 years ago," he notes. "I’ve always been proud of our low ticket prices. But today a family of four can’t go to a show without taking out a second mortgage. Maybe it's through sponsorships, but our job is to figure out how to get prices down. Because there’s parking, dinner and you want a T-shirt – Jiminy Christmas, you’re in over your head already. And I don’t think a fun evening that makes."
Brooks will return to Las Vegas, where he wrapped up his one-man residency in November, to play two shows with his full band at the Encore Theater. The shows will take place on Jan. 3-4 at the Wynn Las Vegas. Tickets are already sold out.