Garth Brooks Headed To The Windy City

As promised during last week’s press conference, Garth Brooks called up a fan named Andy earlier today to tell him the city of the first show on his long-awaited world tour.

We still have to wait for the venue and date, but Andy Roberts says the city is Chicago.  Roberts, a 31-year-old president of a commercial janitorial service in Atlanta, broke the news to the rest of the world with a special appearance at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Roberts partnered with local radio station Kicks 101.5 and local TV station Channel 11 Alive to share the announcement, in addition to postings on his Twitter page and the website for his company, TurnKey Facility Maintenance.

Roberts told USA Today that the singer/songwriter was “super-nice and super-easy to talk to” during the five-minute call.

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The fan decided to team up with the hospital and The Zone of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta because of Brooks’ connection to the Child Life Zones through the Teammates For Kids foundation he started with Troy Aikman.

“I wanted to give back to Garth for all he’s done for me. I couldn’t think of a better thing,” Roberts said, according to Access Atlanta.

Brooks made the promise to Roberts during the question and answer portion of one of the country star’s Las Vegas residency shows.

“I said, if it means that much to you, leave your phone number, you’ll be the first guy to know when I know,” Brooks told USA Today.

According to a press release on Brooks’ website, the first city will be officially announced July 15. Guess we’ll have to check back tomorrow to see if Brooks is ready to give out more information.

In the meantime, is counting down the hours and minutes until 7 a.m. Pacific Time Tuesday, when the “the new era” will begin. To give you another clue, the site’s homepage features the word “digital” in giant letters.

During last week’s press conference Brooks said he’ll soon begin selling his music digitally, exclusively at

After holding out for so long, Brooks said his music will be available at a competitive price.