"Retirement" is a tricky word for Garth Brooks. The best-selling solo artist of all time parked his tour bus in 2001, vowing not to return to the road or the recording studio until his three daughters were all in college. But his phone never stopped ringing.
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In addition to numerous charity shows he has not only performed but organized himself, Garth has released three compilation projects through Walmart since his retirement, including 2007's 'Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Hits,' which spawned the record-breaking, chart-topping single, 'More Than a Memory.' He performed nine sold-out shows in Kansas City in support of the album, and followed that in 2008 with a series of sold-out shows in Los Angeles to benefit victims of the devastating California wildfires. But it was Garth's October 2009 announcement that truly took him out of "retirement": he was starting a five-year gig performing at the Wynn Encore Las Vegas hotel.
Another big announcement came just last month, when Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood organized their first arena concert in Nashville in more than a decade, to benefit those affected by the disastrous floods that hit middle Tennessee back in May. Tickets sold so fast, Garth kept adding shows until finally stopping at nine, which will take place this December 16 - 22.
That's on top of yet another project close to the country superstar's heart -- a movie based on his classic tune, 'Unanswered Prayers,' which will air on the Lifetime Television Network on November 29, December 5 and 9 at 9 PM ET/PT and January 2, 2011 at 5 PM ET/PT. The film, co-produced by Garth, explores the issues of infidelity in marriage, conflicts between