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Garth Brooks ends semi-retirement

16 October 09 14:38 GMT

Country singer Garth Brooks has announced he is ending his semi-retirement and has signed up for an extended run of dates in Las Vegas.

The 47-year-old retired from public performing in 2000 in order to spend more time with his three children.

He has made occasional appearances at awards shows since then.

At a news conference in Nashville he said: "We're going to take the retirement roof off over our head, and I already feel taller."

Private jet

But he admitted to a few doubts: "I know this is a young industry, so I'm not sure I'll be welcomed back but, if the fans want me, I still want to pursue my music," he said.

The country star will perform at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas starting on 11 December. But he will only play Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

The resort is providing a private jet so Brooks can jet back to his Oklahoma home and take his children to school during the week.

He will perform for 15 weeks a year and the deal means he could play there for the next five years.

Brooks is one of country music's biggest stars, having sold more than 100 million albums.

He was credited with widening the appeal of country music in the 1990s by merging traditional country sounds with pop, folk and rock.

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