(USA TODAY) -- After some gentle prodding from Robin Roberts, country superstar Garth Brooks confirmed what many fans have been anticipating: that he'll embark on a world tour next year.
Appearing on Good Morning America to promote his new box set, Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of American Influences, and a DVD of his show at the Wynn Las Vegas,
Brooks was initially coy about rumors that he would go back on the
road, joking that at 52 his trek would be "a wheelchair and walker kind
But after suggesting that an announcement of some sort
would be coming soon, Brooks spilled the beans - noting that his wife,
fellow singer Trisha Yearwood, and three daughters had all given their approval.
my babies are fine with it," Brooks said. "Ms. Yearwood is fine with
it. So now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music."
Brooks' rep, Nancy Seltzer, told USA TODAY of the announcement: "He honestly surprised everyone and himself."
Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY