Garth Brooks’ Empty Nest Is Our Gain

I think Garth Brooks might just be the complete opposite of most men who are facing an empty nest. Because when he called into Chicago’s country radio station WUSN right after announcing his upcoming world tour, he made it sound like he might actually be working harder once he retires from his retirement.

“Coming up — fall of 2014 — me and Miss Yearwood are gonna be empty nesters,” Brooks explained. “And when you talk about how you want to spend the rest of your life, I’d like to spend it going around the world playing music.”

For Brooks, it’s a much better plan than, say, taking up woodworking or sitting around the local coffee shop all day. But he is also cautioning fans who think that his new world tour might be just like his one-man show at the Wynn in Las Vegas.

“If you think you’ve seen Garth Brooks in concert, get ready. It’ll be nothing like the Wynn show,” he said. “Our goal is to make what you’ve seen from Garth Brooks so far seem small.”

After the interview, WUSN played Brooks’ new single “The Call.” It’s a duet with Trisha Yearwood (which is how I will refer to her no matter how many people call her Miss Yearwood or Mrs. Garth Brooks).

Brooks also took the time to talk about why his pet name for his wife has stuck.

“We’ve known each other for 27 years, and until 2001-2002, we didn’t date, so this was a whole new experience for me,” he said. “I never got out of the habit of calling her Miss Yearwood, I guess.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.