Garth Brooks Returns to Albany

Country music icon Garth Brooks is in Albany through Sunday for a nearly sold out, 3-concert stint at the Times Union Center.

Brooks is on the seventh leg of a massive international tour with wife, Trisha Yearwood.

His last appearance in town was almost 20 years ago, and it is the fond memories of that trip that brought him back.

"And the question was just, 'Where did you have the most fun last time?,' and so that's how we got the cities that we're playing. So, if you're wondering why we're here, we're here because we've been here."

Brooks went into a period of retirement in the early 2000's while his children were growing up.

His current tour started up in late 2014 and has sold more than 5 million tickets.

Brooks says when the tour started, there were some lingering questions.

"I think there's a lot of people that believe in us, a lot of people that felt sorry for us, thought, 'I don't want to go see him because I don't want him not to be what he was in the 90's,' they showed up, and it was great numbers, and what they have to say is very flattering about this tour."

Brooks last performed at what was then called the Pepsi Arena in 1997.

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