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Garth Brooks Ticket Demand Surges After 16-Year Absence

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By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 09:56 AM

Country superstar Garth Brooks has already surpassed his own ticket sales record for a single city – which he set just last month – as his return to the stage after a 16-year is creating huge demand for seats at his shows.

Billboard magazine reported the new record came in Minneapolis, where Brooks will play 11 shows at the Target Center from Nov. 6 through 15. He has sold 188,000 seats for those shows, topping his record of 183,535 tickets sold for 13 shows he did in the Chicago area in September.

"The bar for most tickets sold by a performer on one tour here was previously set by – you guessed it – Brooks in 1998, when he sold 162,000 tickets for nine Target Center shows," wrote Chris Reimenschneider of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Only the fifth stop on his back-from-retirement tour, Minneapolis likely won't hold the Brooks tour record for long – probably no longer than it takes for him to announce shows in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York or his native Oklahoma."

The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot wrote that Brooks put on a high energy performance in Chicago, thrilling fans and was even joined on stage by his wife, country music star Trisha Yearwood.

"Brooks is a walking, talking ham, who shed blue-eyed tears several times, screamed when he got excited (which was often), and waved his fists with chest thrust skyward to celebrate the fans' celebration," Kot wrote about one of his Chicago concerts.

"The big circle of energy he created rivaled the volume level of a Justin Bieber show and dipped only slightly when Yearwood took over for a few songs. … But there was no denying the sheer bulldozer will of the paunchy, graying kid in the black Stetson," Kot wrote.

Billboard noted that Brooks' numbers are putting the country star within reach of U2's all-time tour attendance record of 7.3 million and could probably take a shot at the all-time gross mark of $750 million, also held by U2.

"Based on the numbers Brooks is already putting up, recognizing that most of the biggest markets in North America (and the world) are yet to come, the all-time attendance record seems attainable," Billboard's Ray Waddell wrote. "If Brooks can average 150,000 tickets sold across 100 markets, he would more than double U2's attendance record."

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