A Break For Brooks

Nope, he’s not retiring from the music world by any means. Garth Brooks is, however, planning to take a year off when his worldwide tour comes to a stop on November 16th. Brooks fielded this topic along with several other issues via satellite during a post-CMA show press conference. His fan club magazine, The Believer, was recently shut down and his Nashville management office will also close temporarily, according to Brooks. “After ten years, it’s time to take a break,” he explained, “but it doesn’t mean we’re retiring.” This year’s CMA Entertainer of the Year also reconfirmed that he and singing partner/pal Trisha Yearwood were still hoping to record a complete duets album together. PLUS — The mighty Brooks is scheduled to appear on the new Donny & Marie Show in November to promote his November 17th double-live album. In upcoming months, Brooks will also appear on The Tonight Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Today Show. The Garth Double Live project is a 2-CD set containing 25 songs, including three brand new ones. The songs were recorded during Brooks’ concert appearances from 1991-1998. Most of the material, however, was recorded on his current world tour. Songstress Trisha Yearwood and singer/songwriter Steve Wariner also guest appear on the new disc with Garth on two duets, “Wild As The Wind” and “Longneck Bottle.”