Garth Brooks New Music & Touring in 2014?

LAS VEGAS — Garth Brooks never said never.

It was more a case of “for now, at least.”

The country music uberstar officially “retired” from touring and recording in 2001. He said he was done with all of it — opting to return to Oklahoma to be home for the formative years of his three young daughters. Mind you, he wasn’t complaining about his hard-earned success. He just wanted to be a full-time dad to his kids, as well as a full-time husband to his wife, country singer Trisha Yearwood.

Fast-forward to 2011, to one sold-out show at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas, where Brooks, performing in an exclusive engagement, reportedly told his adoring audience that he’s returning to touring once his youngest daughter is in college. That would be 2014, in case you’re wondering.

But that’s getting ahead of the story.

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