UPDATED — Garth Brooks is coming out of retirement, he announced Thursday morning during a 25-minute press conference at the Grand Ole Opry House, CMT.com reported.
While not mentioning any specific city or venue early in the day, what had been widely reported was confirmed late Thursday — that the 47-year-old entertainer will perform an extended engagement at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas.
Following the announcement in Nashville, Brooks shuttled approximately 40 members of the news media to the Nashville International Airport for a private flight to an undisclosed location for the afternoon press conference. There he confirmed the Wynn gig in Vegas.
When he announced his retirement in 2000, Brooks said he wanted to spend more time with his three daughters. In his comments Thursday, he said he's coming out of retirement because his children are older — and he misses the music.