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Garth Brooks Announces World Tour: "It Sure Feels Good to Get to Throw Your Hat Back in the Ring"

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Good news for Garth Brooks fans!

The country musician appeared on Good Morning America on Monday, Dec. 9, where he unexpectedly announced his plans for a world tour in 2014 after initially playing coy regarding the possibility of his return to the concert stage.

"You know what, since it's you and since we've had a history forever, let's announce it. We're going on a world tour in 2014," Brooks, who appeared on the morning show to promote his new album Blame It on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences, told Robin Roberts. "I can't believe I just did that, but you are a doll."

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The 52-year-old performer also revealed why it feels like the right time to hit the road after joking that, at his age, he's worried his tour will be a "wheelchair and walker tour kind of thing."

"It sure feels good to get to throw your hat back in the ring," he said. "Our baby is a senior in high school. We've talked about it. All my babies are fine with it. Ms. Yearwood is fine with it. So now I get to do what I love to do, which is play music. I get to be with the person I want to be with, which is Ms. Yearwood. And my children are off on their own."

After dedicating the majority of his time in the previous decade to fatherhood, the "Friends In Low Places" singer now has more time to pursue his other passion, although the devoted dad insists he would never trade the special time he spent with his children.

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"I'm a phone call dad now. ‘Hey Dad, I love you, can I borrow some money?" the father of three quipped, after saying he now doesn't feel the guilt of "not being there" for his kids. "So that's where I'm at and I feel very lucky to have three healthy children and they are getting ready to step off into their own paths of the world." 

And when Roberts suggested that Brooks earned a great deal of respect from his fans for taking a lengthy career break in order to spend time with his family, the country star continued to gush over his loved ones.

"I gotta tell you if you've had babies there's nothing better," the doting dad shared. "No offense to music, no offense to anything on this planet. There's nothing better than being a dad and my time off for them was for me, not for them."

So sweet.

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