GARTH BROOKS is back. He held a press conference yesterday announcing he'll be releasing new music and doing a world tour. Exact details about the tour will be available on Monday at

As far as the music: The first single will be out in a couple of weeks, and the album will be released around Thanksgiving. He said, quote, "The new record is what we would traditionally think of as a double album, just because there's a lot to say."


The last time Garth released a new album was 13 years ago, so he was asked what the new stuff will sound like. He said, quote, "There's two terms going on right now. One is called 'bro-country.' Are you familiar with these?


"Are you familiar with 'hick-hop?' I don't think my stuff is either of those. So, for me, it's Garth music. All I can do is just open it up and show you and then you'll make that decision what it is."


Perhaps the biggest surprise is that he's finally going to sell his music digitally, but NOT on iTunes. It'll ONLY be available at . . . and, again, you'll have to wait. In this case, about two or three weeks.


In other GARTH NEWS: More information has surfaced about Andy, the mystery man who Garth Brooks promised would be the first to know where he'll begin his upcoming world tour.

Andy is ANDY ROBERTS, president of a janitorial company in Georgia who was in the audience of Garth's Las Vegas show on New Year's Eve.

Andy was chosen to ask Garth anything he wanted . . . so he asked what city the tour would start. Garth jokingly said Vegas. When Garth noticed Andy's disappointment, he promised him he'd call and let him be the first to know the real answer before it was announced to the world.

Garth will find out the tour dates over the weekend . . . Andy will get a call on Monday. A formal announcement about tour dates and music will be made on Tuesday, but Andy has other plans.


He says he's going to share the information before it goes public, but isn't sure how he'll do it. He says, "I know everybody wants to know. I want to do it in the coolest way I can."