Garth Brooks to go on world tour

Garth Brooks Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2012

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US country singer Garth Brooks is to embark on a world tour, more than 10 years after he last hit the road.

Brooks, 51, retired from recording new music and touring in 2001 so that he could see his three daughters grow up.

"My children are off on their own, so the guilt of not being there ... I'm a phone-call dad now," the singer told ABC's Good Morning America programme.

Brooks' hits include The Thunder Rolls and Unanswered Prayers. He has sold more than 125 million albums.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA,) he is the second best-selling solo albums artist of all time in the US behind Elvis Presley

"It sure feels good to get to throw your hat back in the ring," Brooks told Good Morning America.

Brooks said the tour would take place in 2014 although there was no detail on where it would take him.

The country star, who has sold more than 125 million albums, played occasional concerts during his hiatus but never went on tour. He began performing concerts in Las Vegas in 2009.

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